Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among seniors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year. In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments; more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
Mandarino Chiropractic wants seniors and their family members to know that some falls are preventable and the possibility of falling can be lowered by taking certain precautions.
“As we age, our independence and ability to remain self-sufficient can change in an instant due to a fall. This is why it’s so important to be proactive when it comes to implementing safety measures,” says Dr. Frank J. Mandarino, president of Mandarino Chiropractic.
Dr. Mandarino urges seniors and their families to follow the advice of the CDC for reducing the chances of a fall:
- Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time.
- Seniors should ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their prescriptions and over-the counter medications to identify medicines that may cause side interactions or effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.
- Older adults need to have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Consider getting a pair with single-vision distance lenses for some activities, such as walking outside.
- Make homes safer by reducing tripping hazards; adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower, and next to the toilet; adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting.