Fall prevention in elderly is important because its a major health risk. There are 1 in 3 adults age 65 and above get injuries. More than 30% falls are moderate and severe injuries. In which reduce mobility and brain injuries are common and possible.

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The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall:

  • Balance and gait: As we age, most of us lose some coordination, flexibility, and balance— primarily through inactivity.
  • Vision: In the aging eye, less light reaches the retina—making contrasting edges, tripping hazards, and obstacles harder to see.
  • Medications: Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration.
  • Environment: Most seniors have lived in their homes for a long time and have never thought about simple modifications that might keep it safer as they age.
  • Chronic conditions: More than 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, stroke, or arthritis. Often, these increase the risk of falling because they result in lost function, inactivity, depression, pain, or multiple medications.

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Staying Steady – Tips for reducing falls

Choosing Shoes

Shoes you wear should be comfortable, low-heel, slip resistance and easy on/off. They should have good cushioning.

Clear Clutter

Keeping the floor clutter clean helps prevents falls. Also tuck electrical cords safely away and removing bed skirts and area rugs.

Putting Lights with reach

Placing a lamp on the bedside table and adding nightlights.

Fall-Resistance Furniture

There should be ample room around furniture. There should be chairs with armrests for support.

Storing Smartly

You should not store items too high or too low. Keeping frequently-used items within easy reach.

If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.