Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, according to the National Council on Aging.
Many of these falls are preventable. Here are six simple steps to prevent falling:
- Find a good balance and exercise program. Look to build balance, strength and flexibility with an activity such as tai chi. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for referrals. Find a program you like and take a friend.
- Talk to your health care provider. Share your history of recent falls and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.
- Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure side effects aren't increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
- Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
- Keep your home safe by removing tripping hazards, increasing lighting, making stairs safe and installing grab bars in key areas.
- Talk to your family members and caregivers. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that patients and caregivers check out its STEADI program (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) online at www.cdc.gov/steadi/index.html.
The link includes educational materials and brochures for patients, as well as videos, tests, fact sheets and case studies for providers.
Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Here at Prestige Homewood Heights, we know how important it is to keep our residents safe, healthy and happy.
Prestige Senior Living Homewood Heights
17999 S.E. River Road