According to the National Council of Aging, every 11 seconds a senior is taken to the emergency room for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of injuries, hospital admissions for trauma and accidental deaths among adults over the age of 65, but most of them are preventable.
The key to fall prevention is knowing where to look and taking the proper steps to reduce the risk. Here are 5 easy steps you can take to help prevent a fall:
Talk to your doctor. Get an assessment to determine your risk of falling, and see what lifestyle changes they recommend you can make to lower your risk.
Keep moving. Build balance and strength by doing physical activities such as walking, water workouts, or tai chi.
Modify your home. Increase lighting, declutter and remove tripping hazards, make stairs safe and install Seachrome grab bars in pivotal areas.
Review your medications. Beware of medicines with side effects that can contribute to falling. Consult with your doctor and only take what is prescribed to you.
Get your vision checked. If you wear glasses or contacts, make sure your prescription is up to date.