Senior safety is a big concern as we age. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), falls in older adults have reached more than 36 million per year. However, this does not mean falls are unavoidable. Seniors and families can take preventative measures to help reduce that number. The following are some helpful guidelines the CDC recommends to help prevent falls –
• Be honest – Seniors should be honest with themselves about limitations. If there is a fear of falls or if there have been falls in the past, there should be a discussion with health providers and family to help provide some recommendations.
• Check yourself for common issues – Competing yearly checks is important to help prevent falls. Seniors should check their eyesight, feet (for steadiness), and other health conditions such as osteoporosis to help determine their fall risk.
• Be active – Staying active is important for everyone. Seniors should continue to build strength to improve balance.
• Make your environment safe – There are a number of hazards that exist in the home that can lead to falls. Ensure there are strong handrails in showers and bathrooms. Make sure all pathways are clear of hazards and clutter. Lighting in the home is also important so be sure to have proper lighting in all areas.
Although falls contribute to a big majority of accidents in seniors, we can absolutely work on prevention. Visit the CDC website for more information.
Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults (Centers for Disease Prevention, Still Going Strong/ May 4, 2021)
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