Falls are not a normal part of aging. They are detrimental to the health of older adults and, in some cases, can cause debilitating injuries, causing seniors to lose their sense of independence. However, falls are preventable, and there are a few steps seniors, and their loved ones can take to help prevent them. For more information about your fall risk, contact your primary care services provider.
One of the best things you can do to help prevent falls is to look around your environment and identify any potential hazards. Hazards can lurk in any area of the home. Remove clutter that seniors could easily trip on, secure loose rugs, carpets, and mats with double-sided tape or slip-resistant backing. Keep items like dishes and clothes within easy reach. Ensure the home is also well lit, where pathways, walkways, and stairs are easily visible.
Another way seniors can help prevent falls is to wear sensible shoes – something NeighborMD, MSO services, recommends. Sensible shoes that are sturdy, non-skid, and fit properly can help you walk correctly and reduce the risk that unstable shoes pose for slips and falls.
Assess your medications. List all of the medication you are taking, including over-the-counter medication, and discuss them with your doctor at your next appointment. Certain medications have side effects that include dizziness, drowsiness and may even impact your thinking process. All of the side effects can increase your risk of falling.
Bringing up fall risk with your doctor if you are over 65 years of age can help by better understanding any lifestyle habits you need to change to decrease your risk of falls and prevent injury.