Falls can result in injury and keep you from being independent. Follow these measures to prevent falls, including regular exams and avoiding or eliminating obstacles.
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The chances of an older adult falling can be evaluated by that person’s frailty, the condition of being weaker and more delicate due to aging.
McFarland Clinic Neurologist Michael Kitchell, MD said being less agile and less active can make someone frail, increasing their risk of falling. A fall history can also indicate a person’s risk of falling again.
“Someone who has fallen knows it could happen again,” Dr. Kitchell said. “The more falls, the higher the risk.”
Diet and physical activity are two important things physicians stress to their patients throughout their lifetime.
“Diet and exercise are two of the most important long-term actions we can take to stay healthy and keep from becoming frail, which is the most common problem causing increased risk of falling,” Dr. Kitchell said.
Try these simple measures to help you prevent falls:
In the event you do fall, it may not always lead to injury. There are risks for seniors, however, including fractured hips and head injuries.
“If an older adult fractures their hip, it can take an average of three weeks in acute care and rehabilitation facilities before going home,” Dr. Kitchell said. “There will be an additional two to four more weeks of physical therapy as an outpatient.”
He said when it comes to head injuries every patient’s healing is different, but some patients may never completely recover.