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Reduce Elderly’s Chances of Falling

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Falls are among the leading causes of death and injury in the older population. Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. You should set up a doctor’s appointment for aging parent or relative to determine if your loved one has a serious balance problem involving vertigo, viral or bacterial ear infections, Meniere’s disease, chronic dizziness or drug interactions. A balance disorder also may be caused by a head injury or blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain, medical experts report.

CDC offers tips on how older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling:

  • Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  • Ask your loved one’s doctors or pharmacists to review medications — both prescription and over-the counter — to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Have the eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  • Make the home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding stair railings and improving the lighting in the home.
  • To lower hip fracture risk, make sure she is getting adequate calcium and vitamin D from food and/or from supplements, and that she gets screened and treated for osteoporosis.

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a free home safety assessment for your senior loved one’s home, please contact us at 905-276-2273.

Home Care Mississauga helping older adults and elderly live independently and safely at home. Please call 905- 276-2273.​


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