Fall Prevention for the Elderly

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As people age, they are more at risk for falling down. Statistics show that 1 of every 3 older people over 65 falls each year. At LakePoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, we know how important preventing falls is to each individual. What exactly causes older people to fall and why is it important?

The Risks

As our bodies age, things change. Many of the changes that come with age increase the risk for falling. Some of those risks include vision problems, weakness, poor balance, foot problems, and tripping hazards around the home. Did you know that medications and vitamin D deficiency can also contribute to a loss of balance?

Why It Matters

As the body ages, bones get weaker, reaction time slows, and the body is slower to heal. All of these pose risks when a person falls. For an elderly person, a fall can easily lead to a traumatic brain injury, a broken hip, cuts, and more. In fact, 1 out of every 5 falls causes a serious injury. In the US, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.

What to Do to Prevent Falls

To prevent falls, you need to decrease your risk factors. Here’s how:

  • Do balance and strengthening exercises daily.
  • Keep your home clutter free and well lit.
  • Get your eyes checked regularly.
  • Talk to your doctor about your risks.
  • Ask about what side effects any medications you’re on might have.
  • Ask about supplementing vitamin D with calcium.

 

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