The risk of falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older people. The American population is getting older thanks to improvements in medical science. As our bodies get older we lose flexibility, strength, and balance. The injuries related to falls can lead to medical complications that lead to death and loss of independent living. In America, an older person injures themselves in a fall every second of every day! Healthcare providers are taking more notice and creating programs to help older people improve flexibility, strength, and balance to help minimize fall risks.
Older adults can take these steps to minimize fall risks:
- Talk to your healthcare provider about any recent fall or balance issue.
- Sometimes the medications you may be taking can increase dizziness and balance issues. If you are feeling the effects of your medication, consult with your doctor.
- Have your balance and leg strength tested at a qualified rehabilitation provider like Neuro & Brain Performance Centers
- Stay active and perform exercises that strengthen you legs and core muscles.
- Remove object is the home that can be a tripping risk.
- Provide hand rails to help support you when going up steps or inclines.
Taking proper steps to recognize and address potential risks while help minimize the risks of falls in older people.