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5 Ways to Prevent Falls After Age 60

Falls are a major concern for older Americans, posing a risk to both their safety and independence. But falling doesn't have to be a normal part of aging. 

With simple lifestyle changes, evidence-based prevention programs, and support from health care professionals, you can dramatically reduce your risk of falling and regain control of your life.

One of our top priorities at Houston Medical ER in Houston and Spring, Texas, is your comfort. When you visit us, we offer medicine to help you feel more comfortable right away. We also check your vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, and temperature.

To better understand your condition, our ER specialists review your accident history and perform a thorough physical exam. In some cases, you may need additional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, blood tests, or urine tests. 

Our goal is to accurately diagnose your fall's severity so we can provide the most effective treatment

The consequences of falling

Falls can have devastating consequences. They not only cause physical injuries but also take a toll on your emotional well-being. The impact isn’t just personal but also economic, with your health care costs skyrocketing. 

But by taking steps to prevent falls, you can save yourself unnecessary pain and expenses.

How to prevent falls

Preventing falls starts with making practical adjustments to your daily routine. Simple things like removing tripping hazards, improving lighting, and wearing appropriate footwear can make a world of difference.

Maintain physical activity

Staying active allows you to maintain your independence. Do as many things as possible at home, depending on your physical abilities. This includes cooking, doing a little cleaning, or gardening. 

Practice gentle, low-impact sports, such as yoga or walking. If you can, hit the gym or take a class for more intense exercise.

Use assistive devices

Tools like walkers, wheelchairs, and canes can reduce the risk of falls. Your doctor may suggest other aids that are suited to your needs. Use them safely and check them frequently for any signs of wear or damage.

Adapt to your environment

Eliminate anything that constitutes a risk of falling, like rugs, door thresholds, unstable furniture, exposed wires, or slippery floors. 

Install a stair rail, handles in the bathroom, a toilet seat, and anything else that can help you stand or get up. Also, take care of the lighting in your home, as insufficient lighting increases the risk of tripping.

Take care of your diet

Drink plenty of water every day to avoid dizziness and visual disturbances, which can lead to loss of balance. Limit your alcohol consumption to preserve sensory and motor faculties; also limit use of psychotropic medications (and seek advice from your doctor before self-medicating).

Read the directions on medication bottles carefully and follow the instructions precisely. Some drugs may cause dizziness or drowsiness that increases fall risks. Don’t mix medications without being aware of potential side effects.

Prioritize comfort

Avoid wearing slippers because they’re often slippery and don’t provide enough ankle support. Wearing soft, fitted clothing can help you maintain movement safely. Use a cane or walker to stand up and maintain balance.

Don't let falls hold you back. Take charge of your health and well-being by implementing simple lifestyle changes. At Houston Medical ER, we’re dedicated to your well-being and will take every step necessary to ensure your swift recovery from injury after a fall.

Call us at Houston Medical ER, or visit us in Houston or Spring, Texas, to learn more about fall prevention.

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