Proactive Health: How Can I Prevent Falls?
Did you know that 25-30 percent of people aged 65 and over will report a fall? Falls may be common, but they don’t have to be a normal part of aging. With just a few simple changes, you can decrease your risk for falls and injury.
Keep steady on your feet
Dizziness and shortness of breath are a leading cause for falls. Check with your doctor if dizziness is a side effect of medications you are taking, rise slowly when getting out of bed and use a cane or walker to help maintain balance on uneven or unfamiliar ground. Supportive, rubber-soled and low-heeled shoes may also help you keep your balance.
Take a daily walk
Physical activity improves strength and muscle tone, ultimately making you steadier on your feet. Talk with your doctor about an exercise plan that’s right for you.
Fall-proof your home
Remove items, electrical cords and rugs that are in the way of walking paths and placing nightlights in hallways to provide sufficient lighting in dark areas.
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