It can be frightening to lose your balance. Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults fall? Did you know that every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall related injury? Did you know that falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 years old or greater?
There are a lot of different reasons why the elderly are more likely to fall. These include, but are not limited to:
- Poor Vision
- Decreased Muscle Strength
- Longer Reaction Time
- Chronic Conditions
Here are 5 helpful tips to prevent a fall:
1. Stay Active- Be sure that you or your loved one is getting enough exercise and has a steady gait. Remember that while some people have never had a fall they could be scared of falling, and this could affect their level of activity.
2. Good Posture- Be aware of your posture when you are sitting and standing. Making sure to sit up straight and keep your shoulders from rounding.
3. Check Vision- It is always important to have your eyes checked on a regular basis. Be sure that you have current prescriptions and are using your glasses as advised by your doctor.
4. Discuss Medications- It can be challenging keeping track of medications. Be sure to have your doctor and pharmacist review your medication list if you are experiencing side effects or have concerns.
5. Monitor Environment- You always want to assess the home for safety. Looking for things like rugs, lighting, stairs and bathroom hazards. Also, be sure to notice if you or your loved one is holding on to walls or furniture as this can be a sign that a physical therapist is needed.
If you are struggling with your balance you might want to consider a balance program that incorporates strength and endurance training. Always consult with your physician. You can also call Kare In Home to have a physical therapist come out to your home to assess your needs.
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