Fall prevention is serious business for seniors, given that falls are the leading cause of accidents, injury deaths, and hospital trauma admissions for people over 60. Both internal and external factors can contribute to falls, but addressing the risks in your home environment and lifestyle are the fastest way to improve your fall prevention protection.
One of the leading health concerns for people over the age of 60 is falling, and the consequences of falls can be disastrous. Twelve to 67 percent of elderly adults who fracture a hip die within one year, so the stakes couldn’t be higher. Controlling the environmental factors that contribute to falls is one of the first stages in fall prevention. Here are some ways to ‘fall-proof’ yourself, both indoors and outdoors:
Even in a fall-proofed home, poor balance or vertigo can still trip you up – literally! Fall prevention is a crucial part of staying healthy, active and independent as a senior, and there are a few simple precautions that everyone can follow to help ensure an active old age. Maintaining a fall-proofed environment, supporting healthy balance in standing and walking with sound nutritional and health habits, and bolstering overall good physical condition are ways to keep seniors upright and moving.
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