An older adult falls every second of every day. The older you are, the higher your risk for a fall. This is important to doctors because falls are the number one cause of injuries and death from injuries in older adults. Seniors are at higher risk due to a number of factors, such as side effects of medications, poor eyesight, and weakening muscles. Falls aren’t just a normal part of aging-they are preventable.
How To Prevent Falls
- Review your medication list regularly with your primary care physician and take all medications as instructed.
- Take vitamin D for improved bone, muscle and nerve health.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have fallen, or if you feel unsteady or are afraid you might fall.
- Make your home safe by installing grab bars in the bathroom, use nightlights where there are stairs, remove throw rugs and keep your home free of clutter.
- Have a vision screening at least once per year and update your glasses as needed.
Until recent years, doctors rarely talked to older patients about their risk for falls. Today, having an ongoing discussion about falls with patients 65 and older is part of routine preventative care. This becomes even more important as the population of older adults increases in the coming years.
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