4 Simple Steps to Prevent Falls and Accidents
It is estimated that 30% of aging adults will have an accident each year. The most common type of accident is a fall, which can result in nonfatal and fatal injuries for people over the age of 65. These falls can cause head injuries and broken bones. So, it is essential to take a proactive approach in your home to reduce the risk of a fall.
These are a few things that can be done to protect your health and decrease the risk of a fall:
Talk with a Healthcare Provider
Often, the fall is related to gait, balance, and coordination. It is harder for aging adults to maintain their flexibility and balance, especially if they have an inactive lifestyle. Make it a point to get outside and stay active. Also, consider the benefits of talking with a healthcare provider about range of motion and strength. It is often helpful to use physical therapy or other types of gentle exercise to strengthen their body.
Also, discuss the use of medication with the doctor. Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications might cause a person to be dizzy. Or, the medication might lead to dehydration, which can lead to dizziness. Sometimes, a small change in the dosage can make a big different to improve your stability.
Schedule an Eye Exam
Depth perception and coordination can be impacted by eyewear prescription. Most aging adults have glasses, but the prescription might be outdated. Annual eye exams are suggested to maintain eye health. In certain situations, you might need to visit the eye doctor more frequently if you suffer from diabetes or other diseases that impact your vision.
Also, consider the impact of bifocals or changing lenses. These types of lenses can be a problem on the stairs or other uneven surfaces.
Walk Through their Home
Notice how easy it is to navigate when you move through your home. Do you find that you are always stumbling on the edge or a rug or dodging table legs? Small adjustments can make a big difference to reducing the risk of an accident. Also, look for ways to increase the lighting in the home.
Choosing the Right Home for Retirement
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