Quick Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falling
Working balance and strengthening exercises into your daily routine is essential. Remember, you can increase strength at any age. Ask for a referral from your primary care provider to our Balance Therapy Program to determine the best exercise approach for you.
Review your medications with your primary care provider. Make sure you take medications as prescribed and discuss any potential side effects you are having. Four or more medications can put you at risk for falling.
Have your vision checked annually.
Schedule regular medical visits to receive optimal treatment for any health issues that could affect your balance, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac diseases, or neurologic conditions.
Make your home and environment safer. Remove scatter rugs, loose cords, and clutter. Install railings on both sides of the stairs. Install grab bars in the bathroom. Make sure there is adequate lighting at night if you need to get up. Be sure to wear supportive, non-skid footwear. Take extra caution in the winter; consider using a trekking or ski pole and treads for your shoes.
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