Falls are among the leading causes of death and injury in the older population. Families can greatly reduce the risks of accidents by ensuring that their older loved ones have the proper medical care and support.
Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. Suggest to your loved one that they set up an appointment to see his/her doctor if this is a concern. The doctor can determine if your loved one has a serious balance problem involving vertigo, viral or bacterial ear infections, Meniere’s disease, chronic dizziness, or drug interactions.
Some helpful tips on how older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling
- Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance and that the exercises become more challenging over time.
- Ask your loved one’s doctor to review the medicines he/she is taking, both over the counter and prescription to identify medicines that could cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
- Have your loved ones eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update his/her glasses to maximize vision.
- Make your loved ones home safer by, reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, add stair railings, and improve the lighting in the home if needed.
Your loved one may benefit from having someone, like a homemaker/companion who can help them clear their home of unnecessary clutter that can cause falls and serve as a second set of eyes and ears to keep safe.
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