Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults and make it harder for them to get around and live independently. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries. Severe falls can also increase the risk of early death. Home safety is important. Falls can be prevented if you reduce the risk. Great news for today’s baby boomers, as 61% report they feel younger than their true age. But despite feeling great we all need to make minor changes to our homes and lifestyles to ensure we continue to live safe and healthy lives. Falls can happen at any time and to people of any age. However, as we age, the risk of a fall is increased. Sadly, 1 in 5 falls results in a serious injury, and is the reason for over 90% of all hip fractures. According to the Home Safety Council, falls occur in the bathroom more than any other room in the home. Falls and the fear of falling can be a life changing event. Fortunately, many falls can be prevented by making simple adjustments to the home and daily routine, and by keeping healthy. An investment in fall prevention is an investment in your independence and will greatly reduce your risk of becoming a fall statistic. Falls can be prevented by focusing on the following:
- Regular exercise with a focus on strength and balance.
- Have a doctor review any medications for interactions and side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.
- Have an annual eye examination.
- Remove tripping hazards around the home such as loose rugs.
- Add grab bars in the bathroom to help in the shower and bath.
- Install handrails on any stairs.
- Improve lighting around the home.
- Wear well fitting, sturdy shoes inside and outside.
- Be aware of any pets so you don’t trip over them.
- Keep items you use regularly within easy reach.
- Use non-slip mats in baths and showers.
- Reduce glare with lightweight curtains or shades.
- Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers with no grip.
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