Reduce Your Fall Risk

Reduce Your Fall Risk

Reduce fall risk in the elderly.
Older people tend to fall more due to problems with balance and muscle weakness. Overall, 3 to 4 out of every 10 people over the age of 65 fall each year. Up to 75 percent of people who fracture a hip never recover to the point they were before they had their fracture. If you have fallen in the past, you are at higher risk of falling again.
Several things can increase your risk of a fall, including: 1) Illness; 2) A change in the medicines you take; 3) An unsafe or unfamiliar setting
Your health provider can talk to you about the following things:
1) Past falls – It is important to tell your health provider about times you have fallen or almost fallen. He or she can then suggest ways to prevent another fall.
2) Your health conditions – Some health problems can put you at risk of falling. These include conditions that affect eyesight, hearing, muscle strength, or balance.
3) The medicines you take – Certain medicines can increase the risk of falling. These include some medicines that are used for sleeping problems, anxiety, pain or depression. Adding new medicines, or changing doses of some medicines, can also affect your risk of falling.
The more your health provider knows about your situation, the better he or she will be able to help you.
To help keep from falling, you can:
1) Make your home safer – To avoid falling at home, get rid of things that might make you trip or slip. This might include furniture, electrical cords, clutter, and loose rugs. Keep your home well lit so that you can easily see where you are going. Avoid storing things in high places so you don’t have to reach or climb.
2) Wear sturdy shoes that fit well
3) Take vitamin D pills – Taking vitamin D might lower the risk of falls in older people. This is because vitamin D helps make bones and muscles stronger.
4) Stay active – Exercising on a regular basis can help lower your risk of falling. It is best to do a few different activities that help with both strength and balance. There are many kinds of exercise that can be safe for older people. Physical Therapist can help set up a home program for you.
5) Use a cane, walker, and other safety devices – If your doctor recommends that you use a cane or walker, be sure that it’s the right size and you know how to use it.
If you fall, see your doctor right away, even if you aren’t hurt. Your health provider can try to figure out what caused you to fall, and how likely you are to fall again. He or she will do an exam and talk to you about your health problems, medicines, and activities. Then he or she can suggest things you can do to avoid falling again.

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