With June being National Safety Month, this is a good time to discuss fall prevention. Falls are the biggest cause of injury among older adults. There are many factors that can lead to falls, thus there are many potential steps to try and prevent them. We’ll present an overview of what you can do to try and prevent falls.
One thing to check is medication. Side-effects such as drowsiness and dizziness can increase the risk of a fall. If your medication has these potential effects, you might consider talking with your doctor about possible alternatives.
Don’t stop moving. Physical activity can help prevent falls. Muscle weakness is one major contributing factor to falls. Keeping your muscles active and strong can reduce the chances of a fall.
Make alterations to the house. Adding extra lighting to stairways can help prevent falls. Also, nightlights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways can help reduce the risk of falls at night. Adding in stair rails, non-slip treads to wooden steps, and bathroom grab bars are often recommended for reducing falls.
Falls pose major health risks. For this reason, it’s important to looking into preventative options. Don’t let you or your loved ones be caught off guard.