Avoid Senior Falls this Fall with These Easy Changes

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As we age, the risk of falling increases substantially, but there are many things you can do to prevent a life-threatening fall from occurring. Many people think senior falls are a normal part of aging. But as we age, falls can be costly to our health and our pocketbooks.

Every 11 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency room. One of three seniors or 12 million people fall every year in the U.S. It costs U.S. consumers $34 BILLION annually.

Senior falls cause so much financial, physical and emotional suffering that the National Council on Aging has created Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The hope is that people will link the fall season with careful prevention of physical falls. On Fall Prevention Awareness Day this year, I was invited to speak on simple strategies for preventing falls in the home. The video above

You can take some measures to prevent falls in your or your loved one’s home.

First, the number one place in the home to fall is the bathroom. You can fall-proof this space simply by placing no-slip bath mats on floors. Installing grab bars and raising toilet also help to prevent accidents in this high-risk place.

Improving lighting in the home is another way to prevent a fall. Aging eyes can be to blame. Counter this problem by installing motion sensor lights and placing night lights in areas with low visibility. Keeping walkways clear and using assisted mobility devices is also very helpful.

My favorite prevention technique at this time of year is to get out and take a walk. Some assume that limiting your activity will help reduce the risk of falling. The opposite is true. Engaging in physical activity helps with balance and strength, which in turn helps you remain independent. Better yet,  take a walk with a friend. Being social is very good for your overall health and emotional stability.

For more tips for preventing falls this fall, don’t hesitate to call us at 619-291-4663 or write us a note on our contact page.