6 Long-Term Fall Prevention Tips to Make Your Life Safer

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For older Americans, falling is the number one cause of non-fatal and even fatal injuries. As a matter of fact, one quarter of Americans aged 65 and older will fall this year. This is a serious problem. And so it’s important to understand, either for yourself or as a caregiver, some essential fall prevention tips, that can make a difference in the long term.

Before you understand how to prevent falls, let’s first examine why falling is a serious problem. When a young person falls, their body is typically more capable of recovering from an injury. However, as we age, our bone density can begin to diminish. Therefore, when you fall you run a higher risk of actually breaking a bone.

Additionally, older individuals typically develop other health problems. These health problems, of course, can compromise your body’s ability to heal after a fall. So by following a few simple tips, you can help to reduce your risk.

1. Exercise

It’s important to keep your body healthy and active. Walking is a great way to keep your legs strong, while also helping with your balance. Ensuring that your legs can support you will help you maintain more control over your body when going down stairs or stepping up or down from a car or curb. In addition, you can also engage in regular stretches to stay flexible and healthy.

2. Evaluate Your Home

Look for potential trip hazards. in your home, or have a caregiver conduct a similar search. For example, a rug that is easily moved with edges that are higher than the main surface can quickly become dangerous. If you have any kind of cords running across your floor, tripping becomes much more likely.

Your bathroom is also an important area to evaluate. Be sure to add a non-skid mat to your tub or shower, which will help to prevent you from falling. Additionally, you might need to install handrails in order to provide you with extra stability as you enter and exit your shower or tub. By taking the time to identify potential falling hazards, you can prevent an accident in the future.

3. Review Your Medications

You might not think of it as a fall prevention tip, but a number of over the counter and prescription medications can actually cause dizziness. Take the time to go over your medications with your doctor, and you can ensure that you don’t take anything that either impedes your vision or causes you to have balance problems.

4. Test Your Hearing And Vision

Especially when you are outside and walking around, it’s important to be able to see and hear clearly at all times. Although it may sound unnecessary, making sure you can see correctly can help you to avoid, holes, cracks, or even unevenness on the ground.

Additionally, you need to be aware of your surroundings, and being able to hear plays a big part in helping to keep you on your feet or react quickly if needed. Schedule regular tests to make sure your hearing and visions don’t fade faster than anticipated.

5. Provide Plenty Of Light

Always make sure that your home has good lighting. Walking down a dark stairway, for example, only invites danger. Not being able to clearly see the steps is dangerous for people of any age; one misstep, and you can fall and get seriously injured.

That’s why you should always take the time and turn on lights, making sure that you aren’t trying to navigate around your home in the dark. Consider products that can even let you control all lamps in the house with a remote, making it easier for you to turn your lights on and off as needed.

6. Choose and Wear Good Shoes

Choosing the right shoes is a very important part of fall prevention. You should make sure that your shoes both fit you properly and are functional. An ill-fitting shoe can fall off your foot, actually causing you to trip and fall.

Of course, the right shoes only matter if you wear them. Avoid walking around on smooth floors in socks. You can safely wear low-heeled and supportive shoes are a great choice; if you want to wear slippers, make sure they fit your feet well and have a good grip on the sole.

Falling is a very serious problem. Fortunately, by making a few simple and smart choices, you can help to reduce your risk of accidents and injuries. By reducing your risk, you can stay healthy and out of the hospital.

If you want to learn more about achieving that goal, the National Council On Aging has a great amount of material that can help make life easier for you as you get older. Staying safe only becomes more paramount with age, and preventing potential falling risks is the first step.

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