Falls happen to elderly for a variety of reasons but regardless of the reason falls can lead to further injuries and discomfort. For this reason it’s important to identify the things that increase your risk for falling and how to prevent them. Below are four reasons why people fall and how to avoid them.
Lack of Physical Activity
This is the primary culprit for falls among elderly. As people age they begin to lose
muscle mass and things that once were easy for us to do become much harder. Loss of mobility happens to everyone but there are ways for you to maintain the maximum
amount of mobility as we age.
Exercise is the best way to increase your mobility. Even going on a walk every day or stretching can increase your mobility and help prevent the risk of falls.
When people can’t see the obstacles in front of them then they can’t avoid them. Even walking without obstacles in the way can be challenging for elderly if they have impaired vision. This is another leader in causes for falls.
The easiest solution is to make sure that they have an updated prescription and have seen an eye doctor recently. Every situation is different so identify whether or not your loved one’s prescription is bad or they just refuse to wear their glasses.
Sometimes when a person has to take multiple types of medications they react differently with each other. A common symptom is being light-headed this can lead to a person falling and seriously injuring themselves.
The best solution for this issue is to understand the types of medications that your loved ones are taking and if there are medications that cause these problems talk to their doctor about their medications and the effects of them.
Elderly people that are coming out of surgery might not be as strong as they think they are. This will cause them to fall if they are not careful.
You don’t want them to have to have another surgery because they didn’t take the necessary precautions coming out of surgery.
The best solution is to purchase walking aids for them after their surgery that they can use to get around their house with. These could include security poles, walkers or canes.