A few tips for better fall prevention

Alan Wu

June 14, 2011

Strength and balance training can go a long way to reduce the risk of a fall for an older individual. The U.S. National Institute on Health reports that one in every five falling accidents requires medical attention. Older people, especially those who live alone, should consider getting personal emergency response systems in case an accident occurs and they cannot reach a phone to call for help.

Recently, the American and British Geriatric Societies gathered a panel of experts on the care of older individuals to compile a series of guidelines for fall preventions. They suggested that Tai Chi and physical therapy can improve muscular strength, mobility and balance. Panelists added that reducing medications that affect the brain, such as antidepressants and sleep aids, can also lower the risk of a fall.

People can install safety devices around their homes, such as handrails and bathtub chairs, to reduce the danger of falling. As an added precaution, elderly alert systems can be installed throughout the homes of elderly people. The Fall Prevention Center for Excellence also recommends that residences should be well-lit, and floors should not be slippery.