In the U.S. alone, an older adult age 65+ suffers a fall every second of every day. Accordingly, falls are the leading cause of injury and death for persons in this age group. One out of four adults of age 65+ will fall sometime this year. As a result, injuries are common and many people don’t consider fall protection, or fall detection, until an injury occurs. Please take advantage of our fall prevention tips to keep you safer. Next, use a fall detecting medical alert system to assure you’ll have help in your time of need.
More fall prevention and fall detection tips…
- Talk openly with your doctor about fall risks and prevention.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have fallen, if you’re afraid you might fall, or if you feel unsteady.
- Review all of your medications with your doctor or pharmacist and discuss any side effects like feeling dizzy or sleepy. Some medications, even over-the-counter and herbal supplements, can increase your fall risk.
- Do you get dizzy or lightheaded when you go from sitting to standing? CDC’s Postural Hypotension brochure has information on how to manage these symptoms.
- Have your eyes checked annually and update your glasses, as needed. Conditions like cataracts and glaucoma limit your vision.
- Have your feet checked. Discuss proper footwear with your doctor and ask whether seeing a foot specialist (podiatrist) is advised.
- Invest in a fall detection system. Consider a mobile version with GPS if it fits for your lifestyle better.