Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older will suffer from a fall. Falls can result in minor to severe injuries. They are the leading cause of injury related death (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.)
Some common causes of falls for seniors are:
- Vision issues
- Poor balance
- Weakness or pain in legs or feet
- Poor lighting
- Uneven or slippery surfaces
- Objects in walkways
- Objects around the home that are out of reach
Some injuries can be prevented just by being safe in and around the home.
You can make changes to stay safe at home by:
- Removing throw rugs and clutter
- Using non-skid floor wax
- Keeping your house well lit
- Installing handrails, and non-slip mats in the bathroom
- Storing items within your reach
Some falls can be prevented by strengthening your muscles. Try to increase your bone strength by doing stretching exercises.
HAP has partnered with Presbyterian Village to offer a free workshop called Matter of Balance (MOB). MOB is a fall management program for seniors. MOB helps reduce an individual's fear of falling, helps reduce falls, and helps you increase activity level. Members who are interested in this eight session workshop can contact Anita Robinson at (734) 787-8941 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.