Falling can be a detrimental event for anyone, especially those aged 65 and older. For these individuals a fall can be the end to an otherwise active lifestyle. They end up leading to a reduced mobility, decrease in fitness, fear of falling, and limited activity for those adults. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older. Research has shown that one in three older adults falls EACH YEAR. That is why it is important to follow tips to help you or your older loved ones avoid falls and stay healthier longer.
Tips For Preventing Falls
- Keep rooms free of clutter, especially on floors
- Secure carpets to the floor, they will not move and cause a fall
- Wipe spills up immediately!
- Use non-slip adhesive strips on stairs
- Make sure stairs have rails on both sides
- Use non-skid mats in the bath and shower
- Use a cane or walker if necessary
- Do not walk in socks, stockings, or slippers
- Put grab bars in bathrooms near tub, toilet, or shower
- Keep a flashlight next to your bed in case of power outage
- If you live alone, wear an alert device that will ring help in case you fall and can’t get up
Keeping Your Balance
There are certain exercises that can help you learn to keep your balance. Your doctor or physical therapist can help you with these exercises. If you feel like your balance is really bad, talk to your doctor about starting physical therapy for you balance. There are many things that a physical therapist can work with you on to ensure that you can keep from falling at home. Don’t let a fall put you down! Talk to your doctor or therapist today to learn more!