Falls Prevention Awareness – Things you can do to prevent falls
September 18–24, 2022 is Falls Prevention Week, a national health campaign to raise awareness on preventing and reducing fall risks and helping older adults live without the fear of falls.
For an older adult, falls can be serious and costly. According to the CDC, each year, three million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries and one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma. In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion.
Falls are a threat to the health of older adults and can reduce their ability to remain independent and in their communities. However, falls do not have to be an inevitable part of aging. There are ways to reduce your chance of falling or help a loved one prevent falls.
Here are four things the CDC recommends to help prevent you or your loved ones from experiencing falls:
1. Talk to your Doctor
- Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk of falling.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines for any side effects that may cause dizziness or sleepiness.
- Tell a provider right away if you fall, worry about falling, or feel unsteady.
2. Do Strength and Balance Exercises
- Do exercises that make your legs, and core stronger and improve your balance. Ask your doctor about the best exercise program for you.
3. Have Your Eyes and Feet Checked
- Have your eyes checked by a doctor annually. Get a pair of glasses with only your distance prescription for activities such as walking.
- Have your healthcare provider check your feet once a year. Discuss proper footwear and ask whether seeing a foot specialist is advised.
4. Make Your Home Safer
- Get rid of trip hazards (throw rugs, electrical cords, pet toys).
- Add grab bars inside your shower or bath and next to the toilet.
- Put railings on both sides of the stairs.
- Make sure your home is well-lit.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on bathroom floors.
- Wear well-fitting shoes around the house.
In addition to these useful tactics, Boston Senior Home Care offers a variety of health and wellness programs and healthy aging workshops that empower individuals to take charge of their health by learning self-care techniques and ways to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
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