We are often so consumed with the symptoms and treatments of the diseases endemic to the elderly that we fail to see how a simple fall can have catastrophic effects. These falls can lead to disabling conditions, extended hospital stays and even death. To the elderly, commonplace activities like walking, shopping and socializing become dreaded events. Consequently, their physical realities combined with their fears mean that the elderly come to view themselves as fragile which exacerbates their isolation and depression, all too common conditions among this group. As such, preventing falls in the elderly becomes their focus.
Things To Do: Preventing Falls In The Elderly
10 things you can do to prevent elderly falls include (Here is a handy tip sheet):
Have the doctor or pharmacist review all medications
to identify those most likely to cause dizziness and drowsiness. Obviously, this is a priority on the list.
- Regular exercise:
especially those that work on balance like yoga and tai chi, can help steady the elderly adult. Weight-bearing exercises that slow bone loss and lower-body strengthening exercises are especially helpful.
may be useful for improving balance and walking confidence. Surely, your doctor or health care provider may be able to make that referral.
Stand up slowly
from a seated or lying position.
Wear rubber soled shoes
to avoid slipping.
Make regular eye and hearing check-ups
to make sure glasses are fitted with the optimal prescription for clear vision. Interestingly, even wearing bifocals while walking or on steps may blur the vision enough to cause falls. With proper hearing, they will not miss any cues.
Elder proofing a home
is taking elderly needs and deficits into account; just like we do for babies. Nevertheless, this is an often neglected step. (See article our post and handout.)
Regular dizziness may indicate an underlying medical condition
such as problems with blood pressure, circulation, or sensory issues. Certainly, check these out with your physician.
Limit the amount of alcohol consumed
since the elderly metabolize even a small amount of alcohol differently than their younger counterparts.
Get enough sleep
as we all know that being groggy and sleepy makes you less in control of your body movements.
Source: National Institute on Aging: Falls
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