Have you or a loved one slipped or fallen recently?
You are not alone, one in four older adults (65+) fall each year and as we get older we are more likely to fall. In 2016, over 20,000 older adults were treated and discharged from the Emergency Department and an additional 7,000 were admitted for inpatient care in San Diego alone.
So, why are older adults more likely to fall?
There are many different risk factors and most of these become more common.
Risk factors include:
• Environmental hazards
• Balance and mobility problems
• Medical conditions and medications
• Poor Vision
For more details on how to protect your loved ones, click on the link below to see the Fall Prevention website.
• Make your home safer. Remove objects that you could trip or slip on, maintain good lighting and nightlights, and properly install grab bars and handrails.
• Have your vision checked at least one time per year by a professional. Vision can change so slowly that we do not even notice it. As we age, our eyes often need more light than we realize.
• Stay active to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Walking, dancing, Tai Chi and exercise classes are all good ways to improve your health. Depending on your medical or surgical history, your doctor may refer you to a Physical Therapist who can help you start an exercise program.
• Talk with your doctor about health issues, such as osteoporosis, your Vitamin D level, medications, difficulty with hearing or vision, or if you feel faint, off-balance or dizzy. If you have dizzy spells, your doctor may recommend you see a specialist for help. Your doctor or pharmacist can also look at your medications to check for side effects that can make you dizzy or affect your coordination.