7 Tips for Avoiding Falls

One in every three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall each year. Falls can result in bruises, bone fractures, head injuries, or even death.

The good news is that there are ways to avoid becoming one of the statistics. Review the tips that follow to learn how to reduce your risk of falling.

  1. Check your vision. Vision is affected by both aging and medication. Get your vision checked at least once a year to minimize problems.
  2. Take extra time when rising. Troubles with pain in your joints or the effects of medications can influence mobility. Move slowly when getting up from sitting positions.
  3. Wear low-heeled shoes and consider rubber soles for better traction. Avoid walking around in socks, as they can slide.
  4. Remove hazards in your home. Light each room well and remove obstacles from your normal walking pathways. You can request a home safety evaluation.
  5. Use a cane or walker as needed or prescribed. If you are afraid of falling, using a cane or walker is far better for your emotional health than staying home and isolating yourself from others.
  6. If you suffer from dizziness, tell your health care provider. Dizziness can be caused by a variety of things. Major causes include the effects of medication on your blood pressure and balance.
  7. Keep moving! The best fall prevention tip is to keep moving. Exercise improves strength, endurance, and helps you remain coordinated. The longer you are inactive, the harder it is to increase your activity again. Water exercises are a great way to get your muscles moving with low impact. You can’t fall hard in the water, and water exercises are great for increasing endurance as well. Most of all, it’s important to simply get going!

Shell Point Retirement Community provides outpatient physical and occupational therapy in the Rehabilitation Center at the Larsen Pavilion skilled nursing facility. If you find yourself in need of rehab care, ask your doctor about Shell Point Retirement Community.