Older Americans Month: The perils of falling
It's Older Americans Month, a good time to focus on the perils of falling, one of the biggest concerns for seniors.
Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, according to the National Council on Aging.
Many of these falls are preventable. Here are six simple steps to prevent falling:
1. Find a good balance and exercise program. At Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills, our in-house Celebrations program offers exercise classes designed to strengthen our residents and improve their balance -- at no additional charge.
2. Talk to your health care provider. Share your history of recent falls and ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.
3. Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure side effects aren't increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
4. Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
5. Keep your home safe by removing tripping hazards, increasing lighting, making stairs safe and installing grab bars in key areas.
6. Talk to your family members and caregivers. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that patients and caregivers check out its STEADI program (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) online at www.cdc.gov/steadi.
Falls are not an inevitable part of aging.
Here at Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills, we know how important it is to keep our residents safe, healthy and happy.
Prestige Senior Living - Beaverton Hills
4525 SW 99th Ave.