Each year, more than one in four Americans aged 65 and over fall, which can lead to injury and even death. As we age, it’s more difficult to recover from falls. But the good news is that most falls are preventable. Read on for important risk factors and tips for avoiding falls.
People who have weaker lower bodies or have trouble with balance and walking should take extra precautions. Do exercises that can strengthen your legs and improve balance.
Any time you get a new prescription, ask your pharmacist or doctor about side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. These can affect your balance.
Pay attention to foot pain as it may be a symptom of poor footwear. Make sure your shoes fit appropriately and are comfortable. Wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles for good traction. Generally, avoid wearing slippers, shoes with leather soles or high heels. See a doctor if you are experiencing foot pain.
Most falls happen at home. Rugs or objects in your way can be a hazard. Remove clutter, fix steps that are uneven, and make sure there is adequate lighting throughout your home.
Hearing and vision
Get your vision and hearing checked regularly. Problems with hearing or sight can throw off your balance and coordination. Ask your doctor if you could benefit from some vision or hearing aids.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.