In 2003, more than 13,700 senior citizens nationally were fatally injured due to falls, making falls the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. 1.8 million seniors were treated that same year for injuries caused by accidental falls. These numbers may alarm you but there are things you can do to help prevent you or your loved ones from taking a dangerous fall.
The most common factors that cause senior citizens to take accidental falls are:
- Hazardous Homes
- Visual & Hearing Problems
- Muscle Weakness
- Foot Problems
- Poor Coordination
- Mental Confusion
Here are some tips that will help you prevent the falls and stay independent no matter what your age or condition is.
- Eliminate hazards in your home: Pick up clutter from floors and make sure all carpets are secure to the floor. Use bath safety products such as bathroom grab bars, raised toilet seats and shower chairs. Make sure there are railings available wherever you may need.
- Vision and hearing checkups: Have your vision and hearing checked regularly by a professional and wear glasses and use hearing aids if needed.
- Keep physically active: Staying physically active is important for a healthy lifestyle regardless of your age. Children should spend 60 minutes a day being physically active in order to keep their bones strong, this is the same for senior citizens. If you don’t enjoy the standard running/walking join a class! Several fitness facilities offer age appropriate classes for children to seniors.
- Eat healthy: Eating healthy isn’t just for people who are overweight. A healthy diet is essential for everyone. Make sure you are eating regular nutritious meals that include plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
- Footwear: Wear rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes that fit snugly, but make sure they are not too tight. You want to avoid high heels, slip-ons and shoes with slick soles.
Above all you need to be sure that you are taking your time to move around your home. Be sure to get up slowly after eating or lying down. You should always be aware of your surroundings and use the safety aids made available to you such as grabbers, bath safety products and mobility products. If you find yourself in need of any medical supplies that can make you’re home more accessible contact Eagle Highland Pharmacy in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both healthcare professionals and patients will find our extensive stock of durable medical supplies to be a convenient option. Contact us by calling 317-299-3771 or visiting our pharmacy today!