Did you know that every year, 1 in 3 older Americans fall? While falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65+, the good news is that most can be prevented. Here is how you can help.
- Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.
- Ask older loved ones if they are concerned about falling, and suggest they discuss their concerns with their health care provider.
- Discuss their current health conditions.
- Find out if they are experiencing any problems managing their health, i.e. trouble remembering to take medication, experiencing side effects, or having trouble doing things easily.
- Ask about their last eye check.
- If your older loved one wears glasses, ensure they have a current prescription. Tint-changing lenses can be dangerous when going from bright sun into a darkened room. Bifocals can also cause problems on stairs.
- Notice if they're holding onto walls, furniture, or someone else when walking or if they appear to have difficulty walking or arising from a chair.
- If so, these are signs that they should see a physical therapist, who can help improve balance, strength and flexibility through proper exercises. A cane or walker may also be suggested.
- Talk about their medications.
- Encourage your older loved one to speak with their doctor or pharmacist if they are having a hard time remembering to take their medication. In addition, watch out for non-prescription medications that contain sleep aids, which can lead to dizziness and balance problems.
- Do a walk-through safety assessment of their home.
- There are simple and inexpensive ways to make a house safer. For example, increase lighting, make sure there are two secure rails on the stairs, and install grab bars near the toilet and in the bathtub or shower.
Source: National Council on Aging
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Join us on September 22nd from 10am-2pm at the Alameda Free Library as we celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day with free workshops and activities! For more information on this event, click here.