Falls are the most common cause of injury for seniors. More than one third of adults aged 65 and older fall each year. Of those that do fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MANY FALLS CAN BE PREVENTED. Here are some helpful tips:
Wear proper footwear. A supportive shoe with a non-skid bottom and a heal strap can create a good foundation. Please, no high heels!
Winter conditions. If there is snow or ice outside and you are an active outside walker, consider purchasing removable traction cleats for your shoes. We like and use Yaktrax, but there are many similar products available. They can easily be placed on your shoes to provide excellent traction.
Move slowly when changing positions. If the phone rings and you “jump up” to answer it, you may experience dizziness due to a blood pressure positional change. It is best to rise slowly after eating or sitting to feel steady and ensure the safety you need with moving.
Whoops!!!! Secure those throw rugs that tend to move when you take that first step. You may want to try placing a strip of NON-ADHESIVE NON-SLIP SHELF LINER underneath the throw rug.
Loss of confidence. Losing confidence with your ability to get up and move around is not uncommon as we move through life. Some people will walk less as a result and this just makes that next walk even more precarious. IF THIS IS YOU, WE CAN HELP. Physical therapists are trained to assess walking and risk for falling. We can provide specific strategies to keep you moving and aging well. Please give us a call if you should have questions or would like to learn more.