Falls Prevention Week 2016
In recognition of Falls Prevention Week, we remind everyone about simple steps they can take to reduce the risk of falling:
Stay Physically Active
Regular exercise increases muscle strength, improves flexibility and may slow bone loss.
Use a Walking Stick, Hiking Poles or Other Assistive Devices if You Need Help with Walking
Be sure to get professional advise on proper fit and usage
Review Your Medications
Your healthcare provider can go over this list with you. Learn about potential side effects of any medicine you take. Be sure to report side effects you experience to your doctor or pharmacist.
Get Adequate Sleep
You are more likely to fall if you are sleepy.
Limit the Amount of Alcohol You Drink
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your balance and reflexes.
Improve the Safety of Your Home
Use a home safety checklist to identify and correct potential hazards.
Stand Up Slowly
Getting up too quickly can cause a drop in your blood pressure and make you feel wobbly.
Use Extra Care When You Walk on Wet or Icy Surfaces
Have sand or salt to spread at your front and back doors.
Have Your Vision and Hearing Tested
Even small changes in vision or hearing can contribute to a fall. Make sure glasses and hearing aids are adjusted properly and take your time getting used to new prescriptions.
Choose Proper Footwear
Wear shoes with non-skid soles, low heels and shoes with straps that can be tightened. Avoid walking around in socks or floppy, smooth-soled slippers or shoes.
Report It When You Fall
Tell your doctor about falls, even those that don’t cause an injury.