As we get older, falling is one of the most common injuries that we endure. Falling can lead to a string of physical hardships and can make the simplest activities much harder. Both bone and muscle could suffer from one or multiple falls and taking the steps to avoid injury could help from long-term effects.
There are many ways both inside the body and outside the body to help prevent falls from happening. While the environment around you can certainly lead to injuries, keeping up with your own physical health and well-being can also prevent possible falls.
Be One Step Ahead
A lot of fall injuries will happen from having an unstable balance or steadiness on your feet. While this could be prevented by changing the environment, it can also be stopped with physical exercise. Physical exercise should be something we fit into our schedules no matter the age. As we age, it only becomes more important to have a better hold on your body’s health. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go lifting weights or doing marathons. All this means is to add a simple walk or other enjoyable activity that can get you up on your feet.
By adding a walk, swimming, dancing, gardening, or hiking to our day-to-day lives, we can help keep our muscles strong while also perfecting our balance. Having an active senior life can help prevent falls before they can become an issue.
Focus On Your Feet
One of the ways to help keep from falling can be to have the proper footwear. We may not assume that has much to do with falling, but implementing a well-fitted shoe with a non-slip bottom could help. The last thing you’d want is for the shoes to slip off or be the cause of slipping on a wet floor. Shoes with velcro and rubber soles can be a great new style to implement.
Depending on the person, a walker or a cane may be a necessary addition. It may be hard to get used to or to even want to use, however, if it is known that your balance or strength isn’t where it should be, it could be a necessary accessory.
Change Up the Environment
Many fall injuries take place in the home in places we might not think twice about. Areas like the bathroom could be filled with possible risks and should be assessed frequently. Making sure there is no place for water to pool on the floor, a mat in the shower for stability, and the addition of railings can save someone from falling.
Outside of the bathroom, there are many ways to check and see if falls could occur. Overlapping rugs or messy cords can lead to possible injuries, as well as too much furniture. If there is too much furniture in a room where someone has to weave around it, it could lead to too many sharp turns being made. In the end, if you are able to walk through a home with flat feet and get through with a possible walker, it is already much safer.
It is important to take a look around the home and see where improvement can be made.