One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falling can result in many injuries such as hip fractures, head injuries or broken bones. While the decline in muscle strength and joint flexibility can hinder your movement, falling can happen at any time in your life. Here are 4 tips on preventing falls.
4 Tips on Preventing Falls***
- Perform a Home Safety Test
According to ACA, at least one-third of all falls involve hazards within the home. Work with a family member or healthcare provider to clean up your home to minimize your risk.
- Get Your Eyes Checked
Poor eyesight increases your chances of falling. Vision diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma can alter your depth perception. Make sure to get regular check-ups with your ophthalmologist.
- Strengthen Your Bones and Exercise
Keep your bones strong by making sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and calcium. Also, consider joining an exercise program. Walking on the treadmill or water workouts are gentle exercises that can improve your strength, balance and coordination.
- Review Your Medication
Many medications can alter the way your brain functions. Side effects such are dizziness and lightheadedness can increase your risk of falling. Work with your doctor to review your medication.
Falls do not have to be a part of getting older. Take control of your life today by staying healthy, eating right, drinking enough water, visiting the doctor and the chiropractor yearly, etc. If you do live alone, ask someone to check on you once a day or consider looking into a 24-hours a day emergency monitoring company.
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***Please note, this information is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a specialist. For specific information concerning your health, consult your doctor.