Millions of our elderly loved ones were seen in emergency rooms for falls and fall-related injuries last year. One out of every three people over the age of 65 falls down, and that percentage only rises as our loved ones get older. There are, however, several lifestyle changes which can be used to reduce the chance of falling.
Get Your Eyes Checked
We’re brave. Our loved ones are brave, too, but they might have diminishing or poor vision. Those vision problems can affect depth perception and perception in general. They might also forget to wear glasses that they have been prescribed. An eye exam can give hints about how the eyes are doing and whether correction is needed.
Move Around More
One of the biggest fears in senior citizens is that they will fall, though their trepidation only increases the chance they will fall due to muscle atrophy. By being more active and walking around the house, the effects of aging can be slowed and they will stay stronger to avoid or quickly recover from the fall.
Examine the Side Effects of Medications
As our bodies age, they are susceptible to more conditions which require medication. Your loved one might have diabetes and heart trouble, high cholesterol, or they might be depressed. Many medications, when taken together, might contribute to dizziness and falling.
Go to the Doctor
There may be diseases and conditions at play which might affect balance and strength. Diabetes, for one, has diabetic neuropathy which can cause someone to not feel their feet and hands. The doctor can point out warning signs and prolong strength and well-being.
Ear Doctors, Too
Poor hearing can contribute to balance issues which can make or a nasty fall. If your loved one does not seem to be as attentive as they once were, then it might be about the diminished hearing. Procedures and devices may be used to help this out.
One of the most serious areas of concern for falling is in the bathroom. We’ve outlined some solutions here in this bathroom safety infographic.
- Raised toilet seats
- Remove all of the rugs
- Transfer benches
- Adding a bidet to the toilet
- Removable shower heads
- An extra medical alert device
- Installation of grab bars
Using these tips can help your loved one prevent falls in the bathroom and keep themselves thriving and living independently for a long, long time.