6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved Ones From a Fall

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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