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Don’t Trip Up: Fall Prevention Tips

As we age, our bones get more brittle and less dense, and falling can be very serious. Use these tips to help avoid a nasty tumble.

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For those 65 years and older, falling can be very serious. Many falls may not cause injuries, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. Recovering from a fall that causes injury can make it difficult for a person to have good quality of life.

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What are some prevention measures you can take to avoid falls?

  • Talk with your Primary Care Provider (PCP). Ask your PCP to assess your risk for falling. Review your medications together to see if any prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs may have side effects like drowsiness or dizziness, and ask if a vitamin D supplement would be beneficial to take as you age to maintain strong bones.
  • Try balance exercises. Building strength and stability in your body through Tai Chi or other strength training exercises can help reduce the risk of falling.
  • Check your vision. Have your eyes checked at least once a year to have your prescription updated, if needed. To verify your vision coverage, please call Member Services.
  • Make your home safer. Make sure you have plenty of lighting in your home and add railings in your bathroom near the toilet and tub to assist in standing up.
  • Clean up clutter. Remove extra clutter from your home. Pick up any magazines, jackets, boxes, or loose papers that may be laying in the hallways or stairways.
  • Avoid slippery surfaces. Certain areas in your home get extra slippery when they get wet. For these areas you can’t avoid (e.g., bathtubs, showers, and kitchen or bathroom floors), it’s a good idea to get some nonslip mats which provide more stable surface.

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Do you have other suggestions for us on how to prevent falling? Tell us in the comments below. And be sure to check out other healthy living articles.

 

 Source: “Important Facts About Falls.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017. Web. 20 Sept. 2017.

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Karlee Kump

Karlee has a degree in Public Health from BYU and is currently working on a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education. Karlee is a Community Health Coordinator and has been with Intermountain Healthcare for 4 years. Her prior roles include health education and wellness coaching.