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Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older adults, leading to sometimes catastrophic life changes. The risk of falling rises with age and more than one in three people aged 65 years old or older falls each year. As we age, physical changes, health conditions, and the medications used to treat those conditions, can make falls more likely. The accompanying fear and uncertainty leads to a collateral harm, where many older adults avoid necessary activities.
However, fear of falling should not take over your loved one’s life as there are many precautions you can take to avoid falls. Taking the necessary steps can help prevent the risk of your family member falling and suffering injuries.
According to NHS inform, the following are risk factors for falls:
Fall can have devastating impacts on the lives of the elderly and the people who love and care for them. As we age, falling has harsher consequences since our ability to heal deteriorates, general resiliency becomes more of a challenge, and our anatomy has a higher chance of weakening.
In addition, the psychological side-effects can be debilitating on their own, as fear and uncertainty — double psychological burdens that too-often haunt the elderly — can further reduce independence and everyday mobility. Fear of falling, without actual injury, can by itself have a severe impact on an individual. It causes them to avoid situations that appear dangerous, which limits them from maintaining healthy habits such as exercising and leaving the house.
Adopting healthy habits and making certain lifestyle changes can help one avoid the risks of falling. National Institute of Aging suggests the following tips for fall prevention:
Mayo Clinic provided some examples of safety and health precautions that your loved one can take for fall prevention:
The consequences the elderly face from falling are dangerous but preventable. Through understanding and following the listed precautions and safety measures, you can protect your loved one from falling and facing the risk of long-lasting injuries.
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