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Preventing Falls In the Fall

A fall can happen anywhere and at any time, but sadly, according to the CDC an older adult dies every twenty minutes from a fall, and they mostly happen in the home. Since September 22 – 28 is Fall Prevention Awareness Week, it’s the perfect time to inventory your own home and those of loved ones. Preventing falls in the fall and every other season just takes some thoughtful evaluation and a few adjustments.

Facts About Falls

Three million seniors over age 65 go to the emergency room each year due to a fall, and although one in four seniors experience a fall each year, only half tell their doctor. Aging makes us more likely to fall due to balance issues, changes in vision, and loss of leg and joint strength.

Know Your Risks For Falling

It’s just a fact that older adults have a higher risk of falling. Do you need to use the arms of a chair to get up? If so, you are likely at risk for falling. You are at a higher risk of falling if you live alone, or If you spend a lot of time sitting with little to no exercise.

If you have fallen before, it makes you more likely to fall again. If you have weakness in your muscles, legs, and joints, you are at risk for falls. Although it’s true that many seniors have similar complaints, you need not accept the inevitability of a fall.

Many doctors believe the fear of falling can precipitate a fall, but you can make some proactive changes and avoid the possibility of falling. Take charge and stand up to falls.

It’s important to stay safe this fall, and always. Ask your doctor about your medications and whether they might contribute to a fall, and make sure to follow these tips to help stay safe! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center at (702) 258-3773.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358

http://agerrtc.washington.edu/info/factsheets/falls

https://www.c-care.ca/blog/elder-care/conducting-safety-audit-home-senior/

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