Aging is something that happens to all of us, whether we like it or not. And with aging comes changes in your body that can increase your possibility of falling. Once you reach about forty years of age, your muscle mass starts to decrease, hindering your strength and mobility. Your vision can also become impaired and keep you from seeing your surroundings as sharply as you once did, increasing your risk of falling. That’s not to mention the side effects of medication, which can often cause dizziness or weakness.
All these factors can make it harder to protect yourself from falls. That’s why it’s important to remember some fall safety tips — avoiding falls and knowing how to fall the right way may be key to staying safe and recovering quickly.
5 Fall Prevention Tips
Each year, over 36 million older adults have a fall-related accident, and about 3 million seniors are treated in the emergency room for an injury from falling. Following these fall safety tips can help you stay out of the hospital and get you back to living the vibrant life you deserve.
- Turn your home into a safe environment. Does your home have items like throw rugs, electrical wires, low furniture or anything that could be considered clutter in areas where you walk frequently? These items can catch on walking aids and cause an accident. If anything can prevent you from navigating the space safely at any point during the day or night, move them to a better place or eliminate them altogether. You may even want to consider adding nightlights to each room for illumination after dark.
- Build your strength and mobility. One way to keep your strength up is to get 30 minutes of exercise each day with an activity you find fun and invigorating. This can improve your muscle strength, balance, flexibility and even coordination. Even simple exercises like leg lifts while holding onto a chair or walking aide can be effective. You’ll also want to incorporate healthy, nutritious foods into your diet that provide an abundance of vitamin D and calcium to keep your bones strong.
- Wear the right shoes. Proper footwear can make all the difference when it comes to fall prevention. While you’re at home, you may want something comfortable like slippers or socks, but that can be dangerous on tiled or wooden floors. Instead, opt for shoes with non-skid soles that fit your feet well and give you the right support. Footwear with Velcro in place of laces can also keep you from tripping on untied shoes and having a bad fall.
- Be aware of your medication side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any side effects of your medications, if you don’t already know what they are. Not only can your pharmacist inform you of any potential side effects to be aware of, but they can tell you if anything in combination with it can be harmful and cause a greater risk of falling. If you are concerned about your medications’ side effects, your doctor may be able to prescribe something similar with fewer or different side effects to keep you from falling. You may also want to bring your adult child or a friend along if you feel you may misunderstand or misinterpret any information. That way, everyone will be on the right track.
- Make regular physician appointments. Seeing your physician regularly for general visits, annual vision exams and hearing screenings should be high on your to-do list. These tests can make sure you’re seeing and hearing well and whether or not you need aids to help prevent a fall. If you’ve noticed any changes in your vision or hearing lately, you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.
Experience a Healthy and Safe Community with Garden Plaza
At Garden Plaza of Florissant, we believe that health and safety is important at every stage of life. That’s why we provide amenities for our assisted living community like close-by assistance and healthy living activities. Our dining staff prepares homecooked, nutritious meals every day, so you can get the vitamins and nutrients you need without sacrificing taste.
We also take care of all the housework and maintenance, so you can spend your time enjoying healthful activities like our social programs or mind-stretching trivia games. And to help you feel even safer, our associates monitor the entire community 24-hours a day to make sure that assistance is only a moment away.
To learn more about Garden Plaza and how we can help you live a vibrant lifestyle after your career years, contact us today.