Falls are the primary cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Even if an older adult falls but does not receive any injuries, these mishaps may have a negative impact on their self-esteem and ability to accomplish daily activities. Fear of falling frequently prevents older persons from doing activities of daily living and engaging in pastimes they formerly loved, resulting in deterioration of functional, cognitive, and physical skills, as well as the overall quality of life. Here are some tips for preventing falls and ensuring that you stay safe and independent for as long as possible.
Older adults typically have a favorite pair of shoes or slippers, but if they are in an unsuitable design, ill-fitting, or worn out, they can pose a major fall danger. Shoes with non-slip soles and backs that are supportive and low-heeled are appropriate. Consider buying a few pairs of shoes: Some for wearing around the house and some for wearing on outings. Avoid wearing backless slippers, stockings, or socks.
Regular Eye Exams
Even minor alterations in vision might make an older adult more prone to falling. Do remember to wear your glasses so you can see clearly in your surroundings. Regular eye exams are essential for screening for eye problems and ensuring your prescription is right. If you receive a new eyeglass prescription, be sure to be extra cautious while you adjust. Some special lenses can impair vision and depth perception while walking. It is quite simple to lose one’s equilibrium and fall as a result of this. To avoid this, practice walking with your eyes straight ahead and lowering your entire head while looking at the ground.
Physical activity on a regular basis is the primary line of protection against falls and fractures. People normally become less active as they age, and they begin to lose muscular mass and tone. This results in diminished flexibility, coordination, and strength, as well as an increased chance of falling. Create an exercise regimen for yourself in collaboration with a doctor or physical therapist. Even a light fitness program can assist older adults in improving their mobility, balance, and stamina.
Safer Home Environment
The majority of falls occur in and around the home as a result of environmental risks. The best fall-proof house has non-slip, even walking surfaces in all rooms. Although this may appear to be impractical, especially for those living in multi-level homes, there are small improvements and house modifications that can lower an older adult’s risk of falling, such as regular cleaning, adequate lighting, and handrail installation.
Choose Conservatory At Keller Town Center
Conservatory At Keller Town Center, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, offers modern senior living options. You may live and relax in a modern private apartment while maintaining an active lifestyle. Our all-inclusive service gives you the flexibility to do what you want without having to worry about mundane daily tasks. Our retirement community also offers an active calendar of activities and events that is regularly updated.