Senior citizens biggest fears are incurring possible injuries from accidental falls. Seniors are much more susceptible to falls and it’s one of the leading causes of injury and death among older people.
Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), 3 million senior citizens aged 65+ are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year. Incredibly, seniors are hospitalized five times more often for fall-related injuries than any other type of healthcare emergency.
Accidental falls in senior citizens can result in a variety of outcomes, ranging from sprains, bumps, fractures, and serious head traumas that can head require hospitalization. Due to their frailty and weaker immune systems, even moderate falls can lead to permanent impairment and inability to live independently.
Senior Citizens: How To Avoid Falls And Injuries
There are several things you can do for your Mom and Dad living at home to minimize injuries from falls. Here are several suggestions you should incorporate:
Keep lights on in strategic areas: Inside and outside the house or apartment. This will prevent them from stumbling around in the dark. Timers will also insure that lights will illuminate pathways and sidewalks.
Keep rooms and pathways free of objects and trip hazards. Keep the floors clear of trip hazards, especially in the bedroom and bathrooms. . Use carpets instead of tiles which can get slippery. Carpets should be installed with anti-skid bottoms.
Have your seniors always wear slippers and socks. The slippers should have reinforced grip bottoms. Mind your feet. Even if older adults are relaxing at home, they should wear slippers or socks with reinforced grips on the bottom. Stairs should be covered with carpets or at a minimum, anti-slip tape.
Seniors need to exercise to maintain mobility and elasticity: Keep the legs strong. The stronger the legs, the better will be their balance and it will prevent falls. Other options are walking, swimming, and yoga. Also consider golf and croquet, as both exercises keep the legs strong and the core balanced. Most important, older adults should keep moving.
Keep your eyes healthy. Visit your eye doctor at regular intervals. Senior citizens are at high risk for glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Keep track of your medications: Certain medicines can cause dizziness.