Thousands of people break bones by falling each year. Something as simple as tripping on a rug can lead to more serious problems, so fall prevention is critical.
Older adults are especially susceptible to complications from falling. According to the National Institute on Aging, more than one in three individuals ages 65 and older fall each year, and the risk of falling increases with age. Along with that, fear of falling also tends to increase.
Don’t let a fear of falling prevent you or your loved ones from staying active!
Fall Risk Factors
Knowing common causes and risk factors can help you prevent a fall. Here are some fall risk factors you should be aware of:
- Muscle weakness
- Balance/gait issues
- Postural hypertension
- Unsafe footwear
- Medications that make you feel dizzy or sleepy
- Slippery conditions
Take Care to Prevent Falls
Taking care of your overall health is one of the best ways to lower your chances of falling. Stay active, eat well, and make sure you get enough sleep. Stand up slowly and use a cane or walker if you need help to feel steady when walking.
If you need to walk on a wet or icy surface, go slow and be extra careful. Wear shoes with non-skid soles that fully support your feet to help you maintain your balance. Don’t walk on floors or stairs in socks or slippers with smooth soles.
Keep your bones strong to help prevent serious fall complications. Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D. Stay physically active. If you smoke or drink alcohol, quit or limit use to maintain your bone health.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.