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Fall prevention now could stop injuries later.
Fall Prevention Awareness Week lasts from September 23 to September 29 in 2019. We're honoring this week by sharing tips to help seniors stay on their feet and avoid injuries.
You could start working on most of these four fall prevention steps immediately!
Why Fall Prevention Deserves Your Attention
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- One in four older adults has a fall each year.
- Falls cost an estimated $50 billion annually.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) says falls cause the highest number of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older Americans.
What Causes Falls in the Elderly Population
You lose some strength and balance as you reach your golden years. You may also experience a higher frequency of the following issues:
- Declining vision
- General illnesses
- Hearing loss
- Joint pain
- Low blood sugar
- Numbness in feet/legs
All of these factors contribute to falls.
The medications you take could also increase your chances of falling. Prescriptions sometimes cause side effects like:
- Blurred vision
- Slower reaction times
Your home could create hazards from:
- Bad or dim lighting
- Loose handrails
- Loose rugs
- Walkways crowded with boxes and cords
4 Simple Elderly Fall Prevention Steps
1. Stay Current on Your Medication Plan
Talk to a medical professional after you start a new medication. Have your prescriptions scaled back if they could affect your balance or vision.
Physical exercise helps you retain your balance and strength.
Plus, who wouldn’t want the health benefits and amazing feeling you get from tai chi, water aerobics, and walking?
You might need to consult a physician before you start a new workout regimen. Depending on your current condition, working with a physical therapist might be your best option.
3. Know What to Replace at Home
Do a walkthrough of your house and take note of possible problem areas. Take another look at the “Your Environment" section above for guidance. Maximize home safety with the following items:
- Grab bars for the tub and toilet
- Non-stick rugs
- Non-skid strips for showers and bathtubs
- Plenty of light, including night lights
- Sturdy handrails
4. Find the Right Shoes
You might want to rethink the following shoe choices:
- Footwear with slick soles
- High heels
- Loose footwear
Make sure your shoes fit well and have nonskid soles.
Pekin Insurance will help you stay upright through thick and thin, whether it’s with fall prevention tips or the right policy. Talk to you local Pekin Insurance agent for coverage that helps seniors just like you.