Falls are more likely to occur amongst the elderly than any other group. It is stated that one in three adult’s aged 65 and older will take a hard fall. Falls can be extremely damaging causing moderate to severe injuries. Examples of these injuries are head traumas and hip fractures. It also increases the risk of an early death.
Things you can do to prevent falls:
Participating in a progressive exercise routine at least twice a week can dramatically reduce falls. Strength and balance exercises such as Zumba,Tai Chi and Yoga are excellent ways of improving balance, strength and fluidity within the body. We offer exercise sessions at our Seniors Clubs
Check your medications:
Medicines can cause side effects such as sleepiness or dizziness and can increase the threat of falling. Have your doctor or pharmacist analyze all of the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. The more medications you take the more at risk you are.
Medications that present a higher risk of falling include blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering medications, heart medications, painkillers, antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, sleep medications and tranquilizers.
Often, side effects (i.e. anxiety, blurred vision, confusion, decreased alertness, dizziness, sedation) can be reversed or greatly reduced once the doctor reviews and modifies the medications you are taking.
Check your vision:
Limited or poor vision can increase your risk of falling. It is important to get your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. Vision loss can contribute to falls due to tripping and slipping. If you haven't already had your annual eye exam
, it's time to schedule one with FPG today…
There are several factors that can increase your risk of falling, which include:
- Age: People over 65 are more likely to fall
- Environmental hazards: Poor lighting, clutter, loose rugs, loose wires, slippery surfaces, lack of grab bars and handrails, unsturdy furniture
- Lack of physical activity results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility.
- Gait and balance problems
- A history of falls
- Vision impairment
- Dizziness / vertigo
Preventive health care
matters in living a longer, healthy life, so its wise to make prevention a priority. For more information call 1.866.999.3741
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