Take Steps to Prevent Falls
Falling isn’t just a matter of bruised pride. One in five falls causes serious harm, such as a broken bone or head injury. Such injuries may make it difficult to do everyday activities, get around, or stay independent.
Sometimes, the cost is even higher. Falls are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in older adults.
Several things increase your risk of sustaining a fall injury as you get older, including:
- Lower-body weakness, often related to lack of physical activity
- Poor vision, often due to conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma
- Hearing loss, which research has linked to a higher risk of falling
- Osteoporosis, which makes it more likely you’ll break a bone if you fall.
The good news is that many falls are preventable. Here’s how to avoid a nasty spill.
Fall-Proof Your Home
Most falls happen at home, so the first step is to give your house a safety makeover. These tips can help prevent slips, trips, and tumbles:
- Improve the lighting. Older eyes often require brighter lights to see clearly.
- Remove throw rugs. Or fasten them securely to the floor with double-sided tape.
- Keep stairs free of clutter. Stairways should have secure handrails and good lighting.
- Install grab bars in the bathroom. Place a nonskid mat in your tub or shower.
Work with Your Doctor
Fewer than half of older adults who fall each year tell their doctors. Don’t make that mistake. Let your doctor know if you fall or feel unsteady. Your doctor can assess your risk, discuss fall prevention, and treat underlying conditions. This helps you stay more active and independent as you age.
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