More than one out of four adults over 65 fall each year, and many of these falls go unreported. Find out how you can help a loved one with these fall-prevention tips.
Unintentional-fall rates are steadily increasing each year, and one out of five cases leads to a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Read on to help keep an elderly loved one from falling and take the steps necessary to keep them healthy.
Though a senior who’s fallen once is twice as likely to fall again, the majority of seniors do not notify their provider after an initial accident. It’s important to inform a loved one’s provider of a fall right away. Also, ask their provider about their medicine and/or the health conditions that could cause a fall.
Some health conditions and issues that could cause a fall include:
Help a loved one keep up with a regular exercise routine so they can improve their balance and health. Popular activities for seniors include tai chi classes, yoga, or even some simple stretching throughout the day. Help them to keep a balanced diet, and if possible add moderate exercise to prevent fractures. More than 95% of hip fractures occur because of falls, according to the CDC. These changes can significantly help to maintain healthy bones.
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Making even minor adjustments to a loved one’s home can help them prevent an injury from a fall in the future.
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“Important Facts About Falls,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed July 10, 2017.
“Hip Fracture Prevention,” Mayo Clinic. Accessed July 10, 2017.