Seniors must take precautions to avoid dangerous falls

Bryan Aldrige

January 9, 2012

Seniors must take precautions to avoid dangerous fallsMany seniors living alone have heard about how serious falls among the elderly can be. Some are trying to figure out new ways to stay on their feet and some answers may be as simple as buying a new pair of shoes, the Independent Mail reports.

According to the source, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2009 that looked at six years of data on falls among the elderly. From the results, researchers found that each day, 149 people aged 65 and older go to the emergency room after suffering a fall. Factors such as using a cane or walker were also brought into consideration. In fact, 87 percent of all falls recorded involved a person using a walker. The report found that seniors were seven times more likely to suffer a fall using a walker than a cane.

Those living alone may want to consider installing a medical alert system in their homes as an added precaution, along with learning new techniques to avoid dangerous tumbles.

An important factor in fall prevention is wearing the right shoes. Seniors should avoid high heels, flip flops, or shoes with extra-thick soles, as these types pose real fall threats. Keeping up with daily physical activity and going to the eye doctor frequently may also ward off falls as seniors age in place.