Falls can result in serious injuries and assisted living. Because of the high number of seniors falling, Providence offers programs to screen and educate people on the risks of falling and what can be done to prevent falls. Falls do not just happen because of aging. They are preventable with many different factors playing a role in causing falls.
There are many risk factors that make a person more likely to suffer a fall. Some common risk factors include:
Balance is the ability to stay upright. The mechanism involves cooperation between your ears, eyes and small muscles around your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, midsection and even the feeling in the bottom of your feet. Balance is vital to normal everyday life activities. Disruptions to an individual’s sense of stability can increase the risk of falls, the leading cause of injuries in older adults. Talking to your physician about balance problems can lead to testing to determine the reason for your difficulties.
Many things can cause balance issues:
Balance problems are very common among seniors and may or may not be helped by a regular exercise program. If you are experiencing problems with your balance it is very important that you are evaluated by a physician to determine the cause and appropriate treatment plan.
Leg strength and endurance are two other factors related to fall risk. Increases in both of these areas can reduce your risk for falling. Furthermore, being in good physical condition can decrease the severity of the injury should a fall occur. Again, prior to beginning an exercise program it is very important to be evaluated by a physician to understand any precautions or guidelines which you must consider to be as safe as possible.
Eating well can help to prevent some of the causes of instability and falling.