Our todays conversation will touch a very serious problem. First of all, let’s look at the numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% – 30% of aging people who fall suffer such injuries as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These traumas can lead to very serious diseases as well as to the disability to live independently.
It also happens that people who often fall develop a fear of falling. It can result in the limitation of activities and movements.
There are several pieces of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Encourage you loved ones to exercise on a regular basis. Fitness experts recommend such exercises that help to improve balance and leg strength.
- Contact your aging parents’ doctor and make sure that none of the prescribed medicines cause drowsiness or dizziness.
- Have their eyes checked regularly, at least once a year. Make sure they use correct eyeglasses.
- If your parents still leave independently at home, make their homes safe. Experts say that it is important to reduce tripping hazards, it is important to have extra light and extra equipment such as grab bars in the shower and the toilet.
- Make sure your parents drink a lot of liquid during the day. Dehydration can also lead to falls.