Updated: Sep 25, 2018
We welcomed autumn over the weekend and it certainly felt like it here. The air was cool and crisp, the days are getting shorter, and Harvest Festivals were happening all around us.
Through my years of working with seniors, I have learned the impact of the "F"-word. No, not that one! FALL - it is one of the things older adults fear most. A fall can be a life-threatening occurrence to older adults and is one of the main reasons older adults become hospitalized. Approximately 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 will fall this year, and nearly 3 million will visit the ER due to a fall.
The fear of falling often prevents older adults from participating in many activities. This fear may limit a person from taking part in outings, visiting family, or even from taking a walk outside. Unfortunately, as these activities are limited, the older adult can become weaker, depressed, and their risk of a fall actually increases.
A fall can be a life-changing event even for younger adults. An injury resulting from a fall can affect your job, interfere with your daily life, and can create financial difficulties due to loss of work and medical bills.
Autumn is a great time to review some basic, but essential, safety tips you can follow to avoid a fall. As the majority of falls occur in the home, beginning with a home safety checklist is a great place to start.
Most falls are preventable. Simple changes in your home can easily reduce your risk of falling. Keeping walk ways clear, using a sturdy step stool, and maintaining your home are essential steps in reducing your risk of falling at home.
Paying attention to what you are doing and how you are doing it is another important factor. Oftentimes a fall occurs while multi-tasking. Carrying laundry up the stairs while talking on the phone definitely increases your risk of tripping and falling.
Careful observance of your surroundings can keep you safe away from home. Watch for holes in the parking lot at the store, uneven sidewalks when visiting friends or family, an exposed roots or debris when enjoying the great outdoors.
Celebrate this beautiful time of the year! But take some time to review your environment and make the changes necessary to keep you safe.
Make sure the only things falling this season are the leaves!
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