Did you know, each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls.
Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.
How can elderly prevent falls?
Elderly can remain independent and reduce their chance of falls by:
- Exercising regularly. Choose exercises that build leg strength and improve balance
- Ask their healthcare provider or pharmacist to review their medications. Prescriptions and over the counter may interact or can cause side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness.
- Get eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update prescription if need be.
- Make their homes a safe place by removing tripping hazards such as rugs and cords. Adding a night light can help with being able to see when getting up at night.
- Wear sturdy non skid shoes to avoid falling
How to lower hip fracture risk?
- Get enough calcium and vitamin D
- Perform weight bearing exercises
- Get screened for osteoporosis, treat if need be
~ Deanna DeVos, RN and Stepping Stone Home Health Care