September 23 is National Fall Prevention Day! A recent study by the National Council on Aging reveals that a senior is seen in an emergency department every 13 seconds. According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Physical therapists can help in risk reduction and prevention of falls.
Here are six tips that can prevent seniors from falling
- Work out regularly and include balance-strengthening exercise. Exercises for Elderly Fall Prevention.
- Wear sensible shoes that offer support and balance. How to Select Sensible Shoes.
- Review your medications periodically. Many drugs have side effects that might cause dizziness, weakness and falls. Medications that Can Cause Falls.
- Get your vision checked annually to insure you can see obstacles. Vision and Elderly Fall Prevention
- Keep your home safe and fall proof—remove items lying on the floor and make sure you have non-slip carpets. Preventing Falls at Home.
- Bathrooms have more fall hazards than any other room in your home. Steps to Make your Bathroom Fall Proof.