… when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in
darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
Falls- September 23 is Fall Day
Each year, millions of older people who are 65 and older have a fall. These falls can result in broken bones, head injuries, and emergency room visits. Many don’t report a fall to their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Once a person falls, they are fearful of falling again which leads to less activity which in turn causes muscle weakness.
Risk factors include:
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Difficulties with walking and balance
- Use of some medication
- Vision problems
- Foot pain or poor footwear
- Home hazards that cause
tripping such as broken steps
and throw rugs.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR:
- To evaluate your fall risk
- To review your medicines
and about taking vitamin D supplements.
- Do exercises that make your
legs stronger and improve
- Have your eyes checked by
an eye doctor at least once a
MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER
- Get rid of things you could trip
- Add grab bars inside and outside your tub
or shower and next to the toilet.
- Put railings on both sides of the stairs.
- Make sure your home has lots of light.
For more information go to CDC.com
Peace, Nurse Barb