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5 Tips to Help Aging Parents Avoid Falling

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One in four Older Americans experience a fall every year, and the consequences are

often devastating. Hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries, all common

results, contribute to falls being the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in

adults aged 65 and older. Even without a major injury, falls can cause seniors to

become fearful or depressed, and inhibit them from living active, independent lives.

The good news is that most falls are preventable. Aging parents, grandparents, and

other elder loved ones can benefit on many levels when adult family members and

friends help them alleviate falling risks. In our blog, we want to share five ways to

help avoid senior falls this National Falls Prevention Month.

1. Explore their current health condition.

Talk to an aging parents or senior loved ones about their health. Are they

experiencing any problems? With compassion, explore any concerns and consider

notifying their doctor. One telltale warning sign can be when their health begins to

affect the ability to manage daily activities.

2. Vision check-up.

It’s no secret that eyesight declines with age. Poor vision, however, is also a major

contributing factor to falling. Make sure an elder parent has had a recent eye exam

and is wearing their appropriate prescription.

3. Perform a home-safety assessment.

There are many ways to make a senior adult’s home safer. Removing throw rugs

and clutter, increasing lighting, and installing safety devices such as bathroom grab

bars are all effective safeguards. Overall, home-safety precautions can be

performed informally, or in consultation with an occupational therapist.

4. Discuss medications.

Talk about whether an aging parent is managing his or her prescription medicines as

required, and if he or she is experiencing any adverse side effects. Dizziness,

dehydration and drowsiness are common reactions that can contribute to falling. Do

not wait to talk to a doctor or pharmacist about possible alternatives.

5. Staying vigilant.

It’s critical for adult children to remain vigilant. If an aging parent is bumping into

furniture or displaying imbalance, then they may need family support to pursue

advice from a doctor and explore solutions.

These are just five tips to help aging loved ones avoid falling. If you need additional

advice or are ready to begin planning to protect those you love, do not hesitate

to contact our office.


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