Reduce the Risk of Slips and Falls

There’s nothing that can happen quicker and be more surprising than a sudden slip or fall.
Regardless of your age or time of year, a tumble can take a serious toll on your health. Though falls can occur to anyone, discussing them is often related to the aging population.

Did you know that one in three Americans over age 65 falls at least once each year? 

You want to be active and healthy for years to come. A big part of making sure you’re able to do so is preventing slips and falls. With greater fitness and mobility, you won’t have to worry about many common conditions that plague seniors such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, strains and sprains, and osteoporosis. 

 

How to Prevent Getting Hurt

Nobody plans on having an injury, but they can happen in a fraction of a second. If you’re looking for ways to prevent injury, here are some easy tips for you to follow: 

  • Remove reading glasses when you get up from a seated position and walk. 
  • Don’t climb onto a chair, stool, or countertop to reach anything. Ask someone else to help you. 
  • Consider a reflective collar or bell for your pet. Making them more visible means you won’t stumble over them as easily. 
  • Stop rushing. Whether it’s to pick up a ringing phone or answer the door, it can always wait a little longer. 
  • Sit down to take off your shoes. Move a chair or bench into your entryway so that you can easily be seated. 
  • Pick up your surroundings. You may have toys or other objects cluttering hallways and stairs that can be put away to prevent tripping. 
  • Get some nonslip shoes or slippers for inside wear. They’re much better than an old pair with worn soles. 

 

What Else Can You Do? 

It’s important to know that physical activity can improve your balance and endurance. Additionally, staying active can mean greater bone strength, all of which will help contribute to less effects from any slip or fall you have. 

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