Lifestyle changes can be key to preventing falls
February 25, 2011
Many seniors want to live in their homes for as long as possible, but it's important to make sure that the residence is safe during the golden years. Not only that, older adults themselves should carefully adjust their lifestyle as they age, according to The Chicago Tribune.
As one ages, it becomes increasingly important to visit a healthcare professional regularly to ensure that any medical issues are dealt with as soon as possible. Having poor eyesight or a mobility problem can have lasting consequences if left untreated.
Pain in the feet, legs or ankles should prompt older adults to seek a check-up with a doctor as soon as possible. While one is visiting a physician, make sure that medications are assessed as well. Some pharmaceuticals can cause dizziness or other side effects that increase the risk of falls.
Seniors may also want to consider installing a personal emergency response system. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert to an emergency call center if one falls and can't get up.
Getting outside for regular exercise and taking vitamin D supplements are other good safety measures. One study has found that these are the most useful habits to maintain in order to reduce the chance of falls, according to MedPage Today.