THE SILVER LINING CHRONICLES - SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL FALLS PREVENTION MONTH
I learned that September is National Falls Prevention Month, but fall prevention is really essential at any time of year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 out of 3 Americans aged 65 or over will experience a fall that will lead to injuries such as broken bones or situations even more dire like brain trauma.
Last month, Long Island health organizations were busy putting together programs for education and outreach to the community. Generally speaking, adult falls can be attributed to 1 of 3 scenarios:
- the need to improve balance and increase upper and lower body strength
- home environment modification
Certain medications like the ones prescribed for high blood pressure will sometimes cause dizziness to their patient. If the patient is aware of this possible side effect, he can adjust the manner in which he rises thus avoiding a potentially negative outcome.
All sorts of exercises, including dancing and swimming, are good for improving balance and strength. Some like Tai Chi and Yoga can even be done at home.
Additionally, a few simple tricks like removing tripping hazards i.e., area rugs and improperly placed electrical cords, may fall-proof your home and keep the seniors in your life safe.