Keeping YOU on your toes!
By Cindy Binkley, FLTN Columnist- Statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control state that 1 out of 3 persons over the age of 65 fall each year. That number sounds alarming; however, the real number is much higher because so many falls go unreported!
Why is number so high? Well, falls don’t just “happen” and people are not falling just because they get older. More times than not, there are consistent risk factors involved. Risk factors may include: muscle weakness (especially the legs), poor balance, poor vision, decreased sensation in the feet and medications.
Although these risk factors can increase your likelihood to fall, YOU can take small steps to protect yourself and prevent falls. These steps include:
- Exercise often: Exercise improves your coordination and balance by strengthening your inner core and leg muscles.
- Visit your eye doctor regularly: Yearly vision checks allow doctors to diagnose and treat vision problems that increase the risk of falls.
- Review medication: Medications can often have side effects or interactions that cause dizziness and instability.
- Use assistive devices: Devices like walkers, canes, and reachers can be taken anywhere to aid your balance and mobility.
- Wear non-slip shoes: Shoes with good traction promote stability and stop slips.
- Improve the lighting in your home.
If you have fallen or feel that you are a risk of falling, see your doctor or a physical therapist. Discussing the risk factors will help to keep YOU on your toes!
For more information, contact Cindy Binkley at 419-841-9622; visit Central Park West Rehabilitation Center at 3130 Central Park West Dr., Ste. A; email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the website at http://www.cpwrehab.com/index.html.