Fall Prevention Strategies in Elderly Population
What is Fall Prevention?
Falls can result in head injuries, hip fractures or even death. In many cases, it is difficult for those who have suffered a fall to recover and their overall health deteriorates.
Fall prevention is a range of measures to help reduce the number of accidental falls experienced by older people. Falls and injuries associated with falling are among the most serious and common health problems experienced by older adults.
How can We Prevent Falls?
First a person needs to understand what could put them at risk for falling. Some risks can be reduced. Healthcare Professionals can help to identify risks and explicate a plan. Specific physical activity can target decrease fall risk by increasing balance and mobility skills. Also changes to the surrounding of home can cut down hazards and help support a person in completing daily activities of living.
Risk Assessment and Follow-up:
The first step is to discuss a fall risk assessment with a health professional. Ask your doctor about your risk of falling during routine visits. Osteoporosis, age 80, changes in balance and walking patterns, changes in vision and sensation, and multiple medications are some of the health factors that can contribute to falls. Once you have an idea of some of the risks and how they may affect you, you can work with your doctor, other healthcare professionals and your family to determine which factors can be changed to reduce your risk.
Balance & Mobility:
Balance, flexibility, and strength training not only improve mobility but also decrease the risk of falling. Statistics show that elderly people do not exercise regularly, and 35% of people over the age of 65 do not take part in any leisure physical activity. This lack of exercise makes it harder for individuals to recuperate after a fall. Many people are afraid of falling again and decrease their physical activity even more.
The environment can present many risks. At home, elderly are commonly concerned about falling in the bathtub or on steps. By making changes to the home environment, a person can feel safer and less at risk of falling. For example, the bathroom can be altered by setting up grab bars as in the shower or tub, having a place to sit, and having non-slip surfaces. Steps can have handrails, enough lighting, and contrast between steps.
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