Balance For Life

Falls Prevention

Fall-related injuries are more common among older persons and are a major cause of pain, disability, loss of independence and premature death. Approximately 28-35% of people aged of 65 and over fall each year increasing to 32-42% for those over 70 years of age.

Quick Facts…

  •     The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men.
  •     Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months.
  •     A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries.
  •     Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility.
  •     At least one-third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home.

Causes and Prevention

The causes of falls are known as risk factors. Although no single risk factor causes all falls, the greater the number of risk factors to which an individual is exposed, the greater the probability of a fall and the more likely the results of the fall will threaten the person’s independence.
Many of these risk factors are preventable. More often than not a lack of knowledge about risk factors and how to prevent them contributes to many falls. Some people believe that falls are a normal part of aging, and as such are not preventable wher ein reality a lack of knowledge leads to a lack of preventive action which results in falls.
The major factors associated with fall sare listed below;

  • Osteoporosis
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • Impaired Vision
  • Medications
  • Environmental Hazards.

We will be covering a series of falls prevention Blog articles covering each of the above including some prevention tips.

2. Manage your medicines

  •  Keep an up to date list of medicines you take
  •  Ask questions and learn about your medicines
  • Get your medicines reviewed yearly

Are you taking three or more medicines?

4. Improve your balance

  • Balance can be improved by being active and managing your medicines
  • Seek medical advice for safe activities to regain balance, strength and confidence

Are you unsteady on your feet, do you find it difficult to get up from a chair or do you have trouble walking?

6. Foot care and safe footwear

  • See a podiatrist if you have foot pain
  • Do foot exercises to improve circulation and keep your feet and toenails healthy
  • Safe shoes have a good fit, laces or velcro fasteners, low broad heel with a good grip

Are your shoes too tight or too loose?

8. Eat well for life

  • Eat at least three meals a day with plenty of fruits and vegetables and high calcium foods
  • Add sunshine to your life to maximise your Vitamin D
  • Drink plenty of water – aim for 6 to 8 glasses per day

Do you skip meals or not eat enough at meal times?

Over the coming months we will be covering a series of  falls prevention articles covering each of the above topics including some prevention tips and easy to do exercises.

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 A Balanced Approach To Preventing Falls

1. Be active

  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day
  • Do strength, balance and flexibility activities
  • Choose activities you enjoy

Do you do less than 30 mins of physical activity a day?

3. Manage your health

  • Review your lifestyle to make healthy choices
  • Take control of long-term health conditions
  • Have a regular health check

Do you experience dizziness, light headedness, unsteadiness, drowsiness, blurred or double vision?

5. Walk tall

  • Do activities that assist with balance, strength and flexibility
  • Walk upright and look ahead
  • Consider appropriate walking aids that are fitted for you

Do you shuffle when you walk?

7. Regularly check your eyesight

  • Have your vision tested regularly
  • Take time to adjust to new lenses and sudden changes of light
  • Take extra care when wearing bifocal/multifocal glasses

Has it been more than 12 months since your eyes were tested or your glasses checked?

9. Identify, remove and report hazards

  • Have good lighting and reduce clutter inside the home
  • Maintain pathways to ensure they are even and non-slippery
  • If you see a hazard, report it to the most appropriate authority

Are electrical cords and clutter blocking your walkways?

What Our Customers Are Saying

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Fall Prevention Made Easy