If you're over the age of 65 you have a fifty percent chance of falling every year. Many never fully recover.. needless to say prevention is critical. Here are the five biggest factors leading to serious falls.
Problem one... osteoporosis or lack of bone density... The solution... adequate calcium and vitamin D in your diet and exercise with weights... Resistance training builds bone and will help with problem number two....
Which is lack of physical activity. The solution... build muscle tone and flexibility... exercises like Tai Chi improve balance.
Problem three... impaired vision... Falls come when you can't navigate easily through your environment. The solution... address existing visual problems with your doctor... but also use contrasting colors throughout the home to help with depth perception.
Problem four... medications. Prescription, over the counter and alcohol diminish mental alertness and effect gait and balance. The solution.... know the side effects of every drug you take. And discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist to minimize your risk of falling.
Finally problem five... environmental hazards. One third of all falls happen in the home. the solution. Take care of potential trouble spots by improving lighting... removing rugs... and installing grab bars.
Don't think it can't happen to you, it happened to me three times in the last year. I now take extra care because I know the consequences will increase with each additional fall. Take steps today to ensure the steps you take tomorrow will be safer ones.