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Pictured is a woman that has fallen
Pictured is a woman that has fallen

Fall Prevention:


Fall prevention is no laughing matter, especially for our aging population. As we get older, our risk of falling increases, which can lead to serious injuries and even death. But just because it's serious doesn't mean we can't have a little fun discussing it.

First and foremost, let's talk about the importance of exercise. Now, I know what you're thinking, "But Doctor A, I don't want to break a sweat just to avoid falling." Well, I have good news for you, my friend. You don't have to break a sweat to stay active. You can start by taking a walk around the block, or even just stretching in your living room. The key is to stay moving and keep those joints lubricated.

Next, let's talk about footwear. I know it's tempting to rock those stylish high heels, but trust me, they're not worth the risk. Opt for comfortable, slip-resistant shoes with good traction. And if you're going to be walking on uneven surfaces, make sure to wear shoes with good ankle support.

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room: vision. As we age, our vision can deteriorate, making it harder to see potential hazards. Make sure to get your eyes checked regularly and wear your glasses or contacts if you need them.

Another important factor to consider is your home environment. Make sure to clear any potential tripping hazards, such as loose rugs or electrical cords. Also, be sure to contact your local handyman and install handrails in the bathroom and on any staircases.

Lastly, let's talk about balance and strength. These are two key components in preventing falls. You can improve your balance by doing exercises such as tai chi or yoga. And if you're looking to improve your strength, consider contacting our SLMC hospital's Physical Therapy services for a quick consultation on simple exercises such as squats or lunges.

In conclusion, fall prevention is important for our aging population, but it doesn't have to be boring. By incorporating exercise, proper footwear, good vision, a safe home environment, balance and strength training, we can all enjoy our golden years with a little less worry.

So, let's take a step in the right direction and start preventing falls today! And remember, age is just a number, and falling is not in your future.