When we are discussing safety awareness in the elderly, fall prevention can not be overlooked. There are many risk factors for falls; some preventable and others not.
Unfortunately, being over the age of 65, having a previous fall and some medications, can increase an individual’s risk for falling. Knowing your risk factors and how to modify your environment are essential to keeping yourself, or a loved one, safe to age in place wherever they call home.
Some Simple Tips
Good Lighting in walkways
Wearing shoes that have a sole and come up around your heel
Easily marked thresholds
Remove throw rugs
Make sure walkways/hallways are free of cords, low to ground debris (baskets etc) and any item easily moved or tripped on if caught on the edge
Know the side effects of your medications
Maintain good physical activity: as simple as practicing standing and sitting from a standard height chair.
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