Healthy aging is more than just eating right and getting enough exercise. While those things are important, it is also essential for seniors to be aware of fall risks.
Fact: One in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year
Fact: Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans
Falls are costly. Whether it is an increase in your medial bill or a decrease in your overall health. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging.
What can you do to decrease a risk of fall?
Most falls can be prevented. Below are 6 steps to prevent falls based on evidence from the National Council on Aging:
- Find a good balance and exercise program – check your senior center or local area agency on aging for information on what types of programs are available in your area.
- Talk to your healthcare provider and ask for a risk assessment.
- Regularly review your medications with your doctor of pharmacist. Side effects may increase your risk of falling. Only take medications prescribed to you.
- Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
- Keep your home safe by removing tripping hazards, increase lighting and installing grab bars in key areas around the house (especially in the bathroom).
- Talk to your family members about taking a few simple steps to preventing falls. These are easy things you can do to stay safe.
If you have a minute, check out this video, which may help you prevent a fall and save your life!