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Six Steps to Prevent Falls and Injuries As You Age

Posted by ComForCare on November 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Take Control of Your Health: 6 Steps to Prevent a FallAccording to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), every 15 seconds a senior is seen in the emergency room for a fall-related injury. NCOA wants to help you take control of your health and keep you safe with their six steps for preventing falls and fall-related injuries.

Avoid Falls As You Age

1. Find a Good Balance and Exercise Program

Utilize exercises that focus on balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for local referrals.

2. Talk to Your Health Care Provider

Ask your doctor for a risk of falling assessment based on your current health and fitness. Be sure to share your history of recent falls no matter how minor. The information you provide to your doctor will increase the level of care he or she can give you.  

3. Regularly Review Your Medications with Your Doctor or Pharmacist

Ensure all your prescriptions and medications are up-to-date and look them over to check for side effects that may increase your risk of falling. If you notice you have one of the listed side effects, talk to your doctor immediately! 

4. Get Your Vision and Hearing Checked Annually and Update Your Eyeglasses

Your eyes and ears are critical for keeping you on your feet! Know your hearing and vision abilities by getting checked regularly, and use the corrective measures recommended by your doctor.

5. Keep Your Home Safe

Boost safety measures in your home to help you safely navigate it. Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting fixtures, and install grab bars in key areas. 

6. Talk to Your Family Members

Enlist your family’s support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue!

For more information on National Falls Prevention Day and how to prevent falls, visit http://www.ncoa.org.

 

Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention

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