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Fall Prevention – Personal Risk Prevention

Fall Prevention – Personal Risk Prevention

In the previous Maturity Matters Newsletter, we discussed how to reduce the potential of a fall by attending to the environmental risk factors looming inside and outside of your home. In this edition, we will introduce the biological influences and lifestyle changes you can make to remain safe in later years. While the impact and consequences of falls are significant – it is important to realize that falls are not inevitable! There is much we can do to mitigate the risks and add to our longevity and well-being. Biological Factors These refer to factors relating to overall aging, as well as the effects of chronic conditions, acute health challenges, medications and their interactions, end of life issues, and gender differences. TIPS • Review your medications and supplements with your health practitioner on a regular basis. • Consult with your health practitioner to manage conditions that could cause dizziness. • Manage your blood pressure and pay attention to the potential for postural hypotension that can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure when standing up and transferring. • Have your eyes and hearing tested annually. • Visit a podiatrist to keep your feet in good condition. • Make sure you are taking adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium. • Work with a rehabilitation therapist to address balance and gait problems. • Use proper mobility aids such as walkers and canes, and keep them in good working conditions. Lifestyle Factors The good news is that the lifestyle factors are those actions that exist within your control! TIPS • Keep as active as you can! • Exercise (home or group programs)...