During the winter season, the risk of falling for seniors increases considerably after the age of 65 and dramatically for seniors aged 75 and older. Amongst senior Canadians, falls are the most common cause of injury and it is estimated that 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 fall at least once. With these shocking statistics it is important that you take every precaution to help with the prevention and risks of falling. Metta Lifestyles has provided some easy tips to help with your prevention strategy.
Speaking with your Doctor
Your medications can have a huge impact on the probability of falling. That is why monitoring your medications with your doctor is a must. Many medications have side effects like confusion, sleepiness, weakness or dizziness that may increase the chances of falling. Regularly having your doctor review your medications will provide you with better insights into preventing a fall.
Regular, moderate physical activity increases your muscle strength and balance. Balance and strength are key ingredients to reducing the risk of falls. Doing exercises at home such as Yoga and Pilates will help you be able to build that core strength and increase balance. Make sure to speak with your doctor about your exercise routine to ensure you face no other risks.
Ensuring that your shoes are providing you with the support you need is essential. It has been advised that seniors meet with a podiatrist to check out your foot health and the shoes you are wearing are benefiting your daily routines.
Remove Home Hazards
Our homes can present many risks for falls and injuries; eliminating those hazards from your home can help reduce the risk noticeably. Some common dangers are poor lighting, stairs without the appropriate handrails and furniture in high-traffic areas. Go through your home and remove these hazards to help you feel confident in your space.
There are many personal assistive devices that can support and maintain your independence. These tools can range from a simple walking assistance to a medical alert service. Talk to a physical or occupational therapist about which device might be most helpful for you and how to properly use these devices.