Falls are a real concern for our maturing population, as well as for the wellbeing of our families and ourselves. According to Colorado State University (CSU), one-third of all Americans over the age of 65 will encounter a fall in the near future, and of those, 33 percent who experience a fall, nearly 70 percent of them will fall again in the following year. As stated by CSU, “falls are the leading cause of medical emergencies in individuals 65 or over,” making them a concern for those who are in that age bracket.
In the event that worry about extreme injury and lifestyle change due to falling isn’t enough, then think as of it a lifestyle issue: Numerous individuals who fall, regardless of the fact that they are not harmed, create a dread of falling. This alarm may make them change their exercises, which prompts diminished flexibility, muscle and decreased physical wellness, and thus builds their real danger of falling, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To help point you in the right heading we’ve got 12 tips to help you stay away from falls:
- Falls aren’t 100% unavoidable, so “fall prevention and maintenance” should be highly focused on. Take suitable supplements, as well as calcium supplements, to guarantee you build and create strong bones. Get plenty of general activity and exercise to provide you with the required activity to keep your bone density strong.
- Pick elastic soled, nonslip footwear, in the same way as tennis shoes.
- Purchase the right supplies to prevent slips and falls while also installing handrails for stairs and showers/tubs.
- Use night-lights in the room, bathroom or hallway. In the chance that the consistent light disturbs your slumber then think about motion sensor lights.
- Put your phone(s) close to your sofa or bed to keep you from having to get up or reach to answer it.
- Clear the clutter on your floors to provide a clean, clear and unhindered pathway.
- Check your vision regularly to guarantee that you don’t have any issues or glaucoma. Guaranteeing that you can legitimately see objects both close up and far away is important especially when in unfamiliar areas or driving.
- Remove entryway rugs and uneven floorboards or tiles. In the event that it’s not conceivable to redo them, then think about adding a reminder to help you to remember the change in height or unevenness of the floor in that specific spot.
- If stairs are getting more troublesome, consider installing outside ramps.
- Remove snow and ice throughout the winter, or contract somebody to do it for you (like the grandkids).
- Use nonskid stickers or tape on the bottoms of floor carpets.
- Make sure your shower is fall proof by doing things like bringing down the shower head or use a hand-held for convenience and ease of use, utilize non-slip items everywhere throughout the floor and tub and install handles in usable locations to help while entering or exiting the shower or tub.
The key to prevention is a proactive approach to protecting seniors. Avoidance implies maintaining slippery surfaces, clearing clutter around the home, introducing security products such as LifeFone’s medical alert device and creating proper lighting throughout the house; it takes simple planning and arranging to keep seniors and your loved ones safe in their home.
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