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Fall Prevention Tips to Protect Older Adults

As Caregivers, we want to assist older adults to live safe, healthy and independent lives. While falls can greatly affect the overall health and independence of older adults, more emotionally debilitating is the limited ability to remain self-sufficient.  It is noted by the Center for Disease Control that “One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.”  One of the greatest lines of support is open communication and sharing valuable tips that prevent the falls from occuring.  Here are a few ways you can guide seniors to prevent falls:

Stay Active
With doctor’s permission, recommend that the older adult consider low impact exercises such as water aerobics and gardening, or more social exercises such as golf and walking. Improving balance, flexibility, and strength with these exercises, will decrease the chances of falling.

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Buy sturdy shoes with non-skid soles that fit properly. Avoid shoes with heels or floppy slippers and make sure to get feet measured each time a new purchase is made.

Keep Your Path Clear
Prevent falls by clearing the living area of tripping hazards such as loose paper, boxes, toys, clothes and shoes. Keep stairs and walkways free of these items.
Keep your Living Area Skid Free
Use mats and rugs that have a skid-proof backing. Place rubber or non-slip matting in showers and tubs.