Managing Fall Risk for Seniors
As we age, our bodies go through a lot of changes, and unfortunately, one of the most common changes that occur is an increased risk of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of four adults aged 65 and above will fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among seniors. However, falls are not an inevitable part of aging, and there are ways to reduce the risk. In this blog, we will discuss some strategies for managing fall risk for seniors.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce fall risk among seniors. It helps to improve strength, balance, and flexibility, all of which can help seniors stay steady on their feet. Seniors should aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, and cycling are great options.
- Check your vision: Vision problems can significantly increase the risk of falls among seniors. Therefore, it’s essential to have regular eye exams and ensure that your prescription glasses or contact lenses are up-to-date. Seniors should also make sure that their homes are well-lit, and they have enough lighting to see clearly in dimly lit areas.
- Modify your home: Making some changes to your home can help reduce the risk of falls. Seniors should remove any clutter, loose rugs, and electrical cords from the floor, and ensure that their home is well-lit. Installing grab bars in the bathroom and handrails on stairs can also provide additional support and stability.
- Review your medications: Certain medications can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and other side effects that can increase fall risk. Seniors should review their medications with their doctors and ensure that they understand the potential side effects. Seniors should also avoid taking medications that make them feel unsteady or dizzy.
- Wear appropriate footwear: Wearing proper footwear can also help reduce fall risk. Seniors should wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes with non-slip soles. Shoes with high heels or slick soles should be avoided.
- Stay hydrated: Dehydration can cause dizziness and lightheadedness, which can increase fall risk. Seniors should make sure that they are drinking enough water and other fluids throughout the day.
- Take your time: Finally, seniors should take their time and avoid rushing. It’s essential to move slowly and carefully, especially when getting up from a chair or out of bed. Seniors should also be cautious when walking on uneven surfaces or in areas with poor lighting.
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