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6 Steps to Fall Prevention

Top Home Care in San Diego, CA by Aaron Home Care
Top Home Care in San Diego, CA by Aaron Home Care

Did you know that one in three Americans over the age of 65 will fall every year? Balance related falls are responsible for more than half of all accidental deaths among the elderly. According to the CDC, 30% of seniors who fall and break their hip will die within a year a their fall.

Because of these grim stats, Fall Prevention Awareness has its own day on the calendar: September 22.

Falling is not a natural part of aging.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), “Falling is NOT a natural part of aging.” There are preventable measures we can take for ourselves and our loved ones to decrease the chances of falling. Here are 6, taken from the NCOA:

  1. Keep your home safe! Are all pathways clear of trip hazards? Is there sufficient lighting in hallways. Might you need additional safety equipment like grab bars in the bathroom?
  2. Regularly review your medications for side effects. Are they causing dizziness or light headedness? Be aware of how your meds affect you, and only take as prescribed.
  3. Get your vision and hearing checked annually. Your eyes and ears are key to keeping your balance. You may need to change the prescription on your glasses as you age.
  4. Build balance, strength and  flexibility. Low impact exercises like tai chi and chair aerobics can maintain the strength you have. Be diligent about any assigned physical or occupational therapy. As they say, it’s use it or lose it!
  5. Ask your doctor for a fall risk assessment. Be honest and share any history of falls or episodes of imbalance so a complete and accurate assessment can be performed.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s ironic, but if you want to stay independent, you have to ask for help! Ask family or friends for support, or enlist the help of a caregiver to make sure you can continue living your life in the comfort of your own home.

Tune in to NCOA on Facebook Live this Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm PST.  guest experts to provide practical tips for preventing falls. Here’s the link: NCOA Facebook

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