Exercise or physical therapy, as well as vitamin D supplementation, are recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Academy of Family Physicians to help reduce falls in community-dwelling older persons who are at greater risk of falling.
Remove any obstructions or dangers, such as clutter, stray rugs, overcrowded shelves, and inadequate lighting, from the work area. While talking with your senior about their wishes and requirements, you may want to consider installing some additional safety elements to the home, such as grab bars and railings, non-slip mats, higher seating, and better lighting around the house.
As we get older, our muscular strength and balance deteriorate, increasing the likelihood of a fall. Exercises designed to increase muscle strength can lower your chance of falling by improving your posture, coordination, and balance, among other benefits. Take good care of your vision. As we grow older, our vision changes, which might result in a trip or loss of balance.
Through exercise, a physical therapist may assist your aging loved one in improving their balance, strength, and gait, among other things. They could also recommend a cane or a walker, as well as instruction on how to utilize these assistive devices. Make careful to follow their recommendations. Aids that are not properly fitted might actually increase the danger of falling.
Exercise that is prescribed by a doctor on a regular basis can assist to combat each of these problems. According to a new study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, regular exercise can lower the risk of falls by 23 percent and the number of persons who fall by 15 percent.
Our loved ones’ risk of falling can be reduced if we, as caretakers, take preventative measures.
Strength and balance exercises should be performed on a regular basis to enhance your strength and balance, as well as lower your chance of suffering a fall. Whether it is basic activities such as walking and dancing, or more specialized training programs, there is something for everyone.
Exercise is the most effective technique of lowering the rate of falls among persons aged 65 and older who live alone, according to research. It has been shown to be particularly helpful in persons over the age of 75. You can lower your chances of breaking bones in a fall with exercise and a simple falls risk assessment performed by your healthcare professional.
As a caregiver, you have the ability to lessen the danger of falling for your loved one, as well as your own risk of falling as well. You may be a partner as well as a participant in the prevention of falls. The Falls Prevention Conversation Guide (available for download at the links below) from the National Council on Aging serves a variety of functions.
For older persons, falls are the greatest cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries, as well as unintentional injuries and hospitalizations due to trauma. Falls can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life and ability to function independently.
The program’s goal is to increase participants’ fall prevention knowledge and awareness, expose them to activities they can take to minimize their risk of falling and enhance their health and well-being, and give them with referrals and resources to help them succeed.