Three Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Older Adults

Three Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Older Adults

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Falling represents one of the most pressing health concerns facing older adults, but there are steps you or a loved one can take to help lower the risk. Here are three ways to take action:

 

#1: Start a Workout Routine: We begin losing muscle mass in our 30s, and that deterioration increases the risk of a fall as we age.

To counteract that, a regular fitness routine can help maintain and even build muscle mass and improve balance, lowering the risk of a fall. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of activity per week, which breaks down to 30 minutes, five times a week.

#2: Go Room-By-Room: Scan your home for fall risks, and consider the following:

  • Remove loose cords and wires or fasten them to baseboards or the floor.
  • Remove unnecessary clutter like piles of newspapers, magazines, laundry, etc.
  • Install weight-bearing grab bars or railings for assistance getting up and down in the bathroom.
  • Check that all light bulbs work.

#3: See Your Doctor: A doctor can perform tests to gauge balance and walking gait, two important factors in fall safety for older adults. Tests for eyesight and hearing are vital as well.

 

Fall Safety at Prestige

Senior Living Beaverton Hills: At Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills, we’re hosting a free webinar with physical therapist Mike Studer, who will discuss the importance of balance and walking gait. In addition, he will present on the fear and anxiety many older adults feel surrounding fall risk.

The webinar will take place on Friday, March 22 at 10 a.m. You can register at prestigecanhelp.com.

 

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