– By Alison Kennedy Hand, MS, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This holds a lot of truth for Falls Prevention, as well.
Falls are a leading cause of death due to injury for people over the age of 65. But, there are several things older adults can do to stay fall free.
Considering Falls Prevention Week is Sept. 21-25, 2020, now is a great time to take these 6 simple steps to prevent a fall in the future:
- Keep moving – find a good balance/exercise program. And wear sensible shoes too!
- Talk to a Doc – make an appointment with your health care provider and be prepared to answer questions.
- Be aware – review your medications with your doctor for any potential side effects or interactions that may impact your balance or risk of falling.
- Hear it – schedule an annual hearing test.
- See it – get a vision test each year
- Remove home hazards – keep your home free of clutter and tripping hazards. Also, keep it well lit, consider nonslip mats, and install hand rails and grab bars where appropriate.
For more information visit www.ncoa.org.