Millions of adults fall every year and there are many factors that can increase a person’s risk for falls resulting in injuries. One major factor is physical illness. Illnesses like Parkinson's Disease or Multiple Sclerosis can increase your risk for falls. In addition, recovering from an event, such as a heart attack or stroke, can also affect the body's balance and coordination, thereby increasing risk for dangerous falls. Another common factor in injury-related falls is age. As the body progresses through life, general conditions, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and a general weakening of our body’s muscles, naturally occur which can make it difficult to get around safely.
There are many products that can help make ambulating inside and outside the home safer. One area of the home that can be treacherous is the bathroom. Many falls commonly happen in the bathroom due to water slips and general hard surfaces, so grab bars and supportive shower chairs can help with fall prevention. Grab bars can also be used in other areas of the home that are difficult to navigate, including stairwells. Anti-skid slipper socks are valuable if you live in a home with hardwood floors, tile, or laminate. Walking aids come in a variety of styles from canes, to rollators and walkers, and wheelchairs. All are designed to help people - at all levels - get around safely.
Of course, not all people who need to think about fall prevention are at the stage where they need mobility aids to lessen their risk. Preparing early for your body’s natural weakening process is perhaps the most important. The healthier one stays as he/she ages will impact his/her abilities later in life. Being active remains one of the most important things one can do to decrease their fall risk throughout life. Exercise keeps your body in working condition and helps to maintain a better body weight, which will lessen stress on bones and joints. Being in good physical condition can also impact the damage to the body and its ability to heal if a fall occurs.
Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your chances of a fall:
Be up to date on routine ear and eye exams. Better sight and hearing enhances awareness of your surroundings.
Exercise. Taking the time to do some physical activity each day - like going for a walk - will strengthen your muscles and coordination ability.
Keep your home area tidy. Misplaced items are the ones most often tripped over.
Utilize safety devices, such as a security pole or bath stool, to aid in standing, sitting and bathing.
As a precaution, be sure to have someone close by who can help you and you can easily get in contact with in the event an accident does happen.
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