With the snow and ice during winter months, there are extra precautions you can take to protect yourself from falling.
Who is at risk for a fall?
Fifty percent of women at age 65 are at risk for falling, and that number increases with age. These injuries include bruising, head trauma, hip fractures and other broken bones. Most fractures sustained by older adults are caused by falling, and the most common fractures occur in the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.
Ways to reduce the risk of falling
· Exercise regularly. Engaging in weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or weight lifting, is a good way to ensure proper balance, strengthen muscles and keep your musculoskeletal system strong and resilient.
· Have your doctor check your medications. Get your prescription and over-the-counter medications checked to make sure you’re taking the proper dose. The wrong medication dosage can alter alertness and balance, and cause dizziness.
· Get your vision checked. Make sure you have the proper prescription since impaired vision increases the risk of falling.
· Wear shoes with good support and non-slip tread.
· Equip all stairways with handrails.
When injury from a fall happens, Tri Rivers team of board-certified specialists is here to help. Call 1-866-874-7483 to schedule an appointment.