Falls Are Not a Normal Part of Aging
According to the CDC, each year about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments because of an injury from a fall. Falls can end in trauma, with one out of every five falls results in an injury like a broken bone or head injury.
Falls are not a normal part of aging. There are things that you can do to help prevent falls for the older adults in your life.
- Balance is essential. Keep strong with exercise. Always rise slowly after sitting, eating or lying down to avoid becoming dizzy or losing balance.
- Schedule an eye exam each year to ensure that the prescription for glasses or contacts is current and for early detection of conditions that could limit vision.
- Stairs can pose dangers. Ensure that handrails are secure. Repair uneven or loose steps. Anti-slip treads can make wood stairs safer. Inspect stairs for ripped or worn carpeting.
- Shoes with traction can help mitigate falls.
- Place nightlights strategically in places that are visited frequently at night.
- In the kitchen, keep items used often on lower shelves to limit the use of step-ladders.
- Use medication with care, as improper use and handling can cause safety concerns. Always follow medication directions and check expiration dates. Store them properly. If you transfer medication to a new container, label it with the name of the medication, dose and expiration date.
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