Fall lessons taught to seniors around the globe
November 8, 2011
As falling continues to be a real threat to senior health, more experts around the globe are working to teach the elderly population how to ward off these dangerous problems like fractures due to falling, in the future. Just recently, a meeting titled Sharing the Secrets of Ageing Gracefully, was held in Tiruchirapalli, India, The Hindu reports.
During the event, seniors were shown new ways to stay safe by Mahesh Hermadri, an expert in geriatric medicine. According to the source, Hermadri told the elders that one of the best ways to prevent falls is to slow down. This means taking extra time to walk from room to room, looking before climbing stairs and more. Simply slowing down allows seniors to think about what they're doing and then do it, rather than just performing the task in haste.
Aside from being more aware, Hermadri also recommended that seniors get in at least 15 minutes of direct sunlight each day to boost vitamin D and to try to eat and drink more items that are high in calcium.
Although taking precautions can help a senior ward off falls, sometimes accidents happen. In these cases it's better to be safe than sorry, so installing a medical alert system into a loved one's home will give them the means to call for help if they do fall.