Falling is no laughing matter. It can lead to broken bones and a long healing process. Since 2012, falling has been the leading cause of injury-related death for people over age 65. To prevent a fall from happening to you or someone you know, share these safety tips:
- Wear shoes that fit properly and have non-skid soles.
- Have a grab bar and bathmat in your shower.
- Keep your outdoor front steps and walkways clear of fallen leaves, and keep an eye out for them whenever you’re walking. Wet leaves can be slippery.
- Stick with a regular exercise program that increases leg strength and improves your balance.
- Think twice before climbing ladders and using step stools. Keep items within your reach.
- Keep indoor steps free of clutter and debris.
- Share all your medications with the doctor, including over the counter, herbal and supplements. Some combinations can cause dizziness which can lead to a fall.
Sometimes Falls Just Happen
Always have your cell phone with you, even if you’re inside your home, or take a quick trip to the mailbox. This way you can call for help if it’s needed. Medical alert systems can also be beneficial and provide 24-hour monitoring — learn more from AARP.