Each year over one in four adults over the age of 65 falls.
One in every five falls leads to an injury.
Falls are not a normal part of aging, so be sure to talk openly with your provider about falls and risk prevention.
Here are a few tips to help you fall-proof your home:
- Ditch the throw rugs or use double-sided tape to prevent rugs from slipping
- Get rid of clutter or anything you can trip over, especially on stairs or any places you walk
- Install grab bars in the shower/tub and near the toilet
- Use non-slip mats in the shower/tub
- Put light switches and night lights close to your bed, and keep a flashlight close to your bed in case the power goes out
- Wear supportive, well-fitting shoes in your home
- Install handrails and lights on all staircases
- Keep items you frequently use within reach, and in cabinets, you can get to without needing a step stool
Be sure to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. Let your doctor know if you get dizzy, it could be a side effect of your medication or a referral to Physical Therapy may be necessary. Get your eyes checked, poor vision can increase your risk of falling. Exercises to improve your balance and strength can also decrease your risk of falling.
Here at Apex Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, we would love to customize an exercise program specific to your needs to improve your strength and balance to decrease your fall risk.
Bergen G, Stevens MR, Burns ER. Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:993–998.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020, December 16). Keep on Your Feet-Preventing Older Adult Falls. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov