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Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

By Edited Jun 28, 2015 0 0

Age does have a way of reminding people that one is not as invincible as before. As a senior, you are at higher risk for falls and fall-related injuries than any other person. Read on for tips on how an discount Internet pharmacy and a few fall-prevention measures can help you.

If you have hit age 65, you should be aware that seniors in the United States - meaning those of your age range - have one in three chances of suffering from a fall. While most falls are fortunately not serious and just result in a scrape or bruise, some can be fatal and cause severe injuries and injury-related problems. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of injury-related deaths in the United States alone.

However, you shouldn't let the fear of falling rule your life. Falls and fall-related injuries are preventable if you take some fall-prevention measures. Take a look at the following tips:

  1. Talk to your doctor.

    A lot of factors can affect your chances of suffering from a fall. Medications, past medical conditions, and other health problems can contribute to the risks you face. You and your doctor can take a comprehensive look at your environment, your health and your medications to identify situations when you're vulnerable to falling. Discuss and write down details of past falls, if any, and the conditions surrounding these incidents. Were you using a medication then? Or have just recovered from an illness? These conditions can help you and your doctor identify possible fall risks you may have overlooked.

  1. Keep exercising.

    Now that you are old, you are probably wondering if there is any point at all to exercising and all that jazz. After all, your bones just creak the same way every morning anyway. But starting a general exercise program can greatly help you prevent falls and survive most in one piece. Consider activities such as walking, water workouts, or tai chi. Such activities reduce your risk of falls by improving your strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. But keep in mind that you are not so young - so check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program.

  1. Wear sensible footwear.

    Ditch the high heels, flip flops, and other fashionable but uncomfortable footwear you may have. If you are in the habit of walking around your house in socks, ditch that too. Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes, since your size can change. Buy properly fitting, lace-up, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles. This way, you reduce chances of damaging your feet and causing injury. If bending over to put on your shoes puts you off balance, consider a long shoehorn that helps you slip your shoes on without bending over.

  1. Rid your home of health hazards.

    Dark hallways, staircases, and corners in your house are accidents waiting to happen. Fix lighting in these areas to allow you improved visibility. It is also wise to get rid of tables, cabinets, and other decor that are too low and placed on the floor to prevent tripping and other untoward accidents. As much as possible, keep walkways and corridors free of clutter and obstructions.

  1. Get supplements.
    Accidents are preventable - but not always. Prepare for injury by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet and taking supplements that can help your bones keep their mass. Bones degenerate with age and lose calcium. Supplementing with the said mineral is necessary to keep your bones strong and healthy. While you can easily get your supply from a discount Internet pharmacy, it is important to check first with your doctor.


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