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How Do You Know Your Aging Beloved Senior is a Fall Risk?

Anyone at any age can trip and fall. But to an aging population, falls cause problems that are not easy to recover from. A senior who is otherwise healthy and active can fall and trigger a downward spiral of life altering complications. This doesn't mean that falling is natural for older people, it can be a random falling episode.


Here are Fall Risk Factors for the Elderly


You Suffer From Any Stage of Dementia

Disorientation and confusion is a huge contributor to falls, especially at night time if a senior wakes up and is confused about the layout of the room. Those with dementia,Alzheimer's and various other neurological disorders suffer from an increased risk of a trip and fall.


You are Visually Impaired

Many aging seniors suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, and poor depth perception. All of these can lead to falls. A contributing factor to poor depth perception is wearing multifocal glasses. Additionally, if you have vision issues, pay close attention to moving from dark to light environments as your eyes may adjust more slowly to the changing surroundings.


You Aren't Very Active

Seniorswho lead sedentary lifestyle's have weaker leg muscles, slow reflexes and are at greater risk for falls. Don't let your legs atrophy, but strengthen them through things like walking on the treadmill and other exercises. Do, however, speak to your doctor prior to starting a new exercise regime.


You Get Dizzy When You Stand Up

Dehydration can be a cause of feeling dizzy from a sudden change in position. However, It is very common for the elderly to suffer from something called postural hypotension. It's important to check the side effects of the medications you are taking and how they interact with each other and how they affect any conditions you suffer from.


You Are on a Lot of Medication

Many prescription drugs cause dizziness and unsteadiness. Many seniors take quite a cocktail of medications, but even interactions between two drugs or drug and your body can lead to your unsteady stance.


You Suffer From Foot Pain And/OR You Wear Improper Shoes

If your feet go numb or you suffer from pain after standing for a long time this can lead to a greater risk for falling. Avoid wearing high heels, shoes with smooth soles and no treads.


Things That Can Lower Your Fall Risk

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Don't walk around in the dark
  • Where safe shoes
  • Stay active
  • Be aware of issues with your vision
  • Stay hydrated
  • Know the side effects and interactions of any prescription medications you're taking



Posted by Barton Hills Assisted Living in Austin on 1/9/2017

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