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Preventing Falls in Seniors

Discover 6 tips to prevent falls and reduce your risk of injury and death.

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Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in seniors. Recent data shows that 1 in 4 older adults aged 65 and older report falling every year. Furthermore, the fall death rate has increased by 41% between 2012 and 2021. Here are the facts about older adult falls:

  • More than 32,000 deaths result from about 36 million falls per year.

  • About 3 million are treated in the emergency department each year.

  • At least 300,000 are hospitalized for hip fractures every year.

The good news is that falls are preventable.

6 Tips to Prevent Falls

The following six tips can help you reduce your risk of falls:

#1 Review Your Medications

Prescriptions as well as some over-the-counter medications can make people feel dizzy or sleepy. You can reduce your fall risk by taking drugs at night before bedtime.

#2 Stand Up in Stages

Standing up too quickly may cause you to feel dizzy or lightheaded . To prevent fainting and falling, stand up in stages. If lying down, sit up first. Then, slowly stand up. When getting up from a chair, take your time.

#3 When to Sit?

If you feel dizzy , sit down (don’t walk). To prevent falls, sit while dressing yourself.

#4 Stay Active

Exercise to improve your leg strength and balance. Consider these warm-up exercises for seniors.

#5 Make Your Home Safe

Remove trip hazards from the floor, which may include paper, clothing, electrical cords, and other objects. Turn on the lights when it’s dark. Install hand bars beside and inside the bathroom tub to get in and out safely. If possible, install a grab bar next to the toilet.

#6 Annual Eye Exam

Eye problems like cataracts and glaucoma can increase your risk of falling and being in a car crash.

Accidents happen. When you fall, health insurance can cover the cost of medical care. Call Senior Healthcare Direct at 1-833-463-3262 and speak with a licensed agent

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