Three ways to reduce the risk of falling
Did you know more than three million people over age 65 visit the emergency room each year due to a fall? And 800,000 of those are admitted to the hospital afterward. Whether it’s your hip or your head, odds are injuries from falling can set you back. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to avoid falling, including:
- Check in with your eye doctor. When was the last time you had your vision checked? According to seniorliving.org, falls are more frequent in those with vision issues. If you have an eye condition like cataracts or myopia, you may be at greater risk of falling. Another issue may be a weak eyeglasses prescription. So if it’s been a while since you’ve seen your optometrist, schedule an appointment today to make sure your eyes are shipshape, which will help you stay balanced, on your feet and healthy.
- Secure your surroundings. Clutter causes falls. With that said, it’s best to keep your floors free of any items or debris that may be stuck underfoot. This includes securing rugs to the floor using two-sided tape to avoid slippage. Make sure your furniture is out of your path. Keep all kitchen items within arm’s reach. If you have any loose steps, get them fixed. It’s important to have each room as sound as possible to avoid any accidental falls.
- Stay fit (and fall-free). Did you know there are plenty of easy exercises you can do to promote better balance and help keep you on your feet? You can improve leg strength, flexibility and balance by riding a bike or practicing Tai Chi or yoga. These daily exercises, when done regularly, can improve your overall health and decrease your risk of falling.
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