Pre­vent­ing Falls Among Older Adults

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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