While most falls might seem trivial to young people, they are one of the leading causes of injury and death among those 65 years of age and older. In fact, studies show that a quarter of elders sustain at least one fall annually, and many don’t bother to tell their loved ones or doctors.
Aside from the serious head injuries or dental fractures sustained, there is also the extremely high cost of healthcare which can be crippling especially to those who are uninsured. So, to help them, read below for some fall prevention tips.
Review Your Medications
It is common for aging adults to take lots of medication. These drugs, particularly antidepressants or sedatives, come with side effects such as muscle weakness, loss of coordination and balance, and poor vision that can make one more susceptible to falling. You’ll either want to use prescription drugs with fewer side effects or abandon them entirely in favor of natural remedies that have none.
Wear Shoes Which are Balanced and Sturdy
Stay away from shoes such as high heels or flip-flops, as they increase your chances of falling. Many retirees are wearing shoes that are too small or large, or shoes that fit when they were younger but no longer. Purchase shoes that are sturdy and stable that fit your feet and have non-skid soles.
Remain Physically Active
We’ve all heard the saying “use it or lose it,” and this is definitely true when it comes to strength and balance. Too many elders give up physical activity as they advance in age, and this creates a situation where they lose their muscle definition and stability, increasing the chance of falling. Simple activities such as yoga, swimming, jogging, or even walking regularly will keep your mind and body in great condition without being high impact, and it will keep you flexible, coordinated, and resilient to falls.
Remove Environmental Objects that Can Cause Trips or Falls
Look around your home for things like plant stands, loose rugs, or extension cords that can cause you to trip and get them out of the way. If you have grandchildren over, be sure they put their toys away after playing with them instead of leaving them strung out on the floor where you might accidentally step on them when moving about. Also, make sure your home is well lit after dark as a dimly lit area can lead to falls.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The food you eat will determine your energy levels, mood, and overall health. While nutrients and vitamins are important for people of all ages, aging adults need them more due to the unique physical challenges they face. Enjoying quality and nutritious food gives you strong bones and the strength and coordination needed to walk around without fear of slipping or falling. Remaining well-hydrated is also crucial, as dehydration causes fatigue and dizziness which can cause a loss of balance.
Lead an Active Life at Rittenhouse Village at Portage
Our team at Rittenhouse Village At Portage is always here to plan fun and interesting activities to help our residents maintain optimal health. From educational classes, exercise sessions, and spiritual gatherings, we offer a range of programs for our residents to enjoy so that they can lead active lives.