4 Tips to Help Seniors Prevent Serious Falls

In the midst of all the discussion about health insurance exchanges, too many consumers have taken their eyes off their daily health concerns.

So, let’s take this opportunity to return that focus, if only for a few minutes.

According to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and published by GlobalNewsWire, “Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal hospital admissions among older adults…n fact, every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency room for an injury related to a fall… The chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall increase significantly with age. After age 65, one in three Americans falls each year.”

American Specialty Health’s Silver & Fit program recommends the following mix of health and safety in fall prevention:

  1. Ask Your Doctor to Perform a Fall Risk Assessment:   Your Doctor “will review your medications to determine if they have any side effects that can make you dizzy, sleepy or less alert.”
  2. Begin a Regular Exercise Program:  Exercise will makes you “stronger and can improve balance and coordination.”
  3. Make Your Home Safer:  Since nearly half of all falls happen in the  home, this piece of your program should not be ignored.
  4. Overcome Fears of Falling with a Fall Prevention Class:  Don’t allow your fear to  limit your activities and exercise, which “can result in increased weakness and worsening balance, both of which make the risk of falling greater.”

Check out more helpful tips on how to prevent falls on Silver&Fit’s Facebook page.

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