Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for those 65 and older. Aside from the physical harm, the emotional impact is damaging as well. Fear and depression can set in, thereby reducing quality of life. Here are some ways to prevent fall:
1. Physical Exam:
2. Stay Active
Staying active can reduce the risk of falls by improving your strength, flexibility, and coordination. Special exercises or working with a physical therapist can target your weaker areas and lower your susceptibility to falls.
3. Light it Up!
Light up your living space. Darkness can disguise or conceal fall hazards. Place lighting in all areas of your house and make sure it’s available during the night. Increase lighting by your steps going up and down.
4. Use Assistive Devices:
Speak to your doctor about using a cane or walker if you think it may increase your stability and balance. You may also want to add rails by your steps and grab bars throughout your home.
You can also reduce your risk of falling by wearing the right shoes and putting non-slip mats in slippery areas such as showers or kitchens. Aside from adding these mats, make sure to walk carefully when encountering icy patches or slippery surfaces.
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