Fall Prevention: Improving Balance and Staying Safe

A quick tumble could lead to health problems and a loss of independence. Learn how to prevent falls.

If you could prevent a lengthy hospital stay, life-altering injury or loss of your ability to take care of yourself, would you? Of course you would. 

On average, 1 in every 3 adults age 65 or older suffers a fall each year. Of those fall victims, 20 to 30 percent will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as cuts, head injuries, hip fractures and other broken bones. 

Preventing falls is two-fold. The first component is improving balance, and the second is creating a safe environment.

Improving balance

Staying on your feet is the first hurdle. To improve balance, you have to improve your physical body, which means exercising. By exercising, you are building and maintain muscle that allows your to control your body. Exercising also allows you to maintain a healthy weight which can also improve balance.

You should also:

  • Review your medications with your pharmacist to check for interactions that could cause dizziness.
  • Get your vision checked

Making a safe haven

Removing hazards and taking safety precautions is the easiest way to prevent falls.

To stay on your feet, do the following:

  • Clear all walkways of clutter and debris
  • Tie up hanging cords
  • Make sure there is ample room between furniture for walking
  • Ensure all stairways have secure handrails
  • Have adequate lighting

If you are concerned about your balance or fall risk, a physician at Medical Center of Arlington can help. Our facility offers the medical treatments, screenings, physical therapy and preventative care necessary to keep you healthy and active. For a physician referral, call 1-855-868-6262.

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