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Preventive Measures To Decrease Your Risk of Falling

There are many changes that occur as we age, such as poor eyesight, decreased hearing, and muscle weakness, which can increase your risk of falling and injuring yourself. As you notice these changes, there are preventative measures you can take to increase your safety and reduce fall risk.

Clearing the Way

When you start to notice your balance isn’t as strong as it used to be, take action immediately. Take preventative measures the moment you feel there is a risk of tripping or falling in your home.

  1. Poor Lighting: Dim lighting is especially dangerous if you are having trouble with your eyesight. Swap out old light bulbs for new LED bulbs to brighten up each room.
  2. Throw Rugs: Catching the edge of a throw rug can be the perfect storm for a bad fall. Consider removing any bulky throw rugs or invest in double sided rug tape to secure the edges from lifting up.
  3. Showers: The bathroom is a common location for falls since water can create slippery surfaces. Install a seat in the shower, add handles to the wall for support, and lay down non-slip mats inside and outside of the shower space to decrease your chances of slipping.
  4. Declutter: Everyday household items such as shoes, clothing, and even welcome mats can cause a trip and fall. Establish a routine to declutter your space and keep pathways clear.

Stay Active

Stretching or light exercise is important for strength, flexibility, and mobility. Regular stretching can keep your muscles lean and prevent injuries from occurring. Stretching is particularly important as we age and our muscle mass decreases. Adding regular stretching and exercise to your daily routine are healthy choices to keep your muscles limber and reduce your chances of falling. Learn more about stretching and why it’s important to keep moving as we age.

Explore more about When a Fall is Unavoidable: Strategies for Falling More Safely.

Willow River is Here to Help

At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 to start the conversation today.