HOW SENIORS CAN REDUCE THEIR RISK OF FALLS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN
November 15, 2017
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls are the leading cause of injuries among Canadians 65 years and over and account for 85% of seniors' injury-related hospitalizations. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospital admissions for seniors and an estimated 20-30% of Canadian seniors experience one fall each year. Help reduce your risk of falling with these simple tips:
Wear sensible shoes
Opt for well-fitting, flat, non-skid footwear. Walking in your stocking feet can also put you at risk of falls. Sturdy shoes will help your fall-prevention plan.
Use mobility aids as prescribed
Your cane or walker is designed to keep you steady on your feet. Protect yourself against falls by using your assistive devices when moving around.
Declutter your home
Remove tripping hazards from your living space. Secure loose rugs, repair damaged floor and ripped carpeting. Move boxes and cords from high-traffic areas.
Keep hazards in sight
Ensure your home has adequate lighting to see any potential obstacles. If you require prescription glasses, have them on hand at all times.
Physical activity helps with fall prevention by improving balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. Consider some gentle activities such as walking or aquafit to keep moving. Check with your doctor to make sure these activities would work for you.