Falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Falls are also a major threat to health and can reduce the ability for seniors to stay independent. However, falls don’t just happen as you age! There are proven ways to reduce falls:
Begin a Regular Exercise Program
Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chance of falling. Always ask your doctor before you start an exercise program.
Have Your Doctor Review your Medicines
Have your doctor review all of the medicines you take, even over-the-counter drugs. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body changes. Some medicines, or mixtures of medicines, can make you feel sleepy or dizzy and could even cause you to fall.
Have Your Vision Checked
Get your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong prescription in your glasses or have a condition like cataracts or glaucoma that limits your vision. Poor vision increases your risk for falls.
Make Your Home Safer
About HALF of all falls happen at home. Go to www.ccok.com to view our Fall Safety Checklist.
Sources: CCOK ADAM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention