Every year nearly two million senior citizens are taken to hospitals for fall injury treatment and 7,000 seniors die as a result of a fall. Half of all falls could have been prevented and poor health is a contributor:
Follow the directions of all medications.
Schedule regular eye exams.
Monitor blood pressure.
Get up slowly after eating, resting or lying down.
Exercise to build strength and muscle tone and keep joints, tendons and ligaments more flexible.
About 2,500 senior are treated in the emergency room from tripping over rugs or runners:
Install a long handrail on staircases and grab bars by bath tubs, toilets and in showers. Tighten any loose fixtures.
Secure carpet, rugs or stair runners that are not fastened down.
Wear well-fitted shoes or slippers with non-slip soles.
Take you time when walking and use walking aids when needed.
Avoid deep pile, dark-colored or patterned carpeting that can make it difficult to see the step's edges clearly.
Avoid sharp changes in flooring levels.
Stools and ladders are the No. 1 cause of accidental deaths in persons 55 years old or older.
Ask for help before climbing for something out of reach or use a long-handled tool to get it.
Use a step stool with a handrail.
Make sure the stool is fully opened and stable before using it.
Never use a step stool or ladder that is broken.
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