Falls can be deadly for the elderly — here’s how to prevent them

The odds of recovering from a fall decrease as we age. That’s why it’s so important to avoid falling the first place. A good place to start is knowing what the most likely causes of falling are.

Common Causes for falls:
– Frailty and weakness
– Medications (causing lightheadedness or dizziness; drug combinations; taking medications at the wrong time)
– Tripping hazards such as throw rugs, clutter, and electrical cords
– Poor lighting
– Diminished eyesight
– Bad balance due to a lack of exercise
– Poor nutrition and dehydration
– Inner ear issues; impaired depth perception
– Fear of falling; taking tentative steps

A California Fall Prevention Task Force recommends eating well and drinking lots of water; tracking all medications and taking them when prescribed. And keep active to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

Finally, here are some practical steps you can take to prevent falls right now:
– Clear out the clutter and keep passageways open
– Remove throw rugs and errant power cords
– Install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet
– Install handrails on both sides of stairways
– Raise the toilet seat a few inches with an elevated seat, preferably one with arms
– Use night lights. Pay particular attention to the home’s key hazard zones: – the bathroom and kitchen

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