preventing the domino effect of health problems

As we age, we begin to be more prone to having falls. Aging is a natural process and falling is a very real part of life for seniors, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. According to the National Council On Aging, every senior can be free of falls if they take the proper measures to prevent them.

Here are five tips to aide in preventing falls:

5. Talking to family members and/or friends

Letting others know about falls helps the loved one find activities and programs that will keep you or your loved one independent, strong, and active.

4. Talk to your doctor

A medical professional is a vital resource when it comes to fall prevention. Various medicines may cause side effects that may result in being lightheaded or dizzy. Such side effects can cause falls. The prescribing doctor can help find out which medications could be causing the falls and how they can be better managed.

3. Get regular exercise

Find local programs within your community that offer exercises that help with stability and balance. Improving these can mean a world of difference for someone prone to falls.

2. Check hearing and vision

Poor hearing and vision can also lead to falls because of diminished balance. Regular checks can help keep these things in account.

1. Having (and keeping) a safe home environment

A messy and cluttered home can lead to falls. Make sure the home is well-lit (at all times of day, but especially at night), move furniture to keep walkways clear, and make sure there are surfaces/furniture/rails to grab on to for stability.

Falls can be prevented and though you may not be able to stop them completely, they can be drastically reduced by keeping these tips in mind. This can create a better way of life for the seniors and a longer life of independence at the same time.

Learn more about fall prevention at Senior Care Advisor.

Written by Claire

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