Preventing Falls Among Older Adults
Each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older fall and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall- related injuries. However, falls are not an inevitable part of aging.
Ways to help prevent falls include getting exercise to build muscles, being mindful of medications causing dizziness or drowsiness and keeping your vision sharp by using needed eyewear.
Another way to prevent falls is to eliminate hazards in the home. Ideas include removing things to trip over (i.e., papers, books, clothes and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk, installing handrails and lights on staircases, removing small throw rugs or using double-sided tape to prevent slippage and keeping often used items where they are accessible without a step-stool.
Older adults should use grab bars in the bathroom, use non- slip mats in tub and shower floors, have good lighting in the home and avoid going barefoot or wearing flippers.