What can YOU do to help prevent falls?
Are you exercising?
The most important thing you can do to prevent falls is to stay strong. Try to increase your activity levels so you exercise each day. Walking, fishing, gardening, tai chi – whatever you enjoy. Use a walking aid to help you if you need it. Remember, no plunking!
When was the last time you had your eyes checked?
Vision is an important part of balance. Good vision helps to prevent falls. If you are over the age of 65, have your vision checked every year, or more frequently if your doctor recommends it.
Is clutter putting you at risk?
If you have clutter on your floors or stairs, it can make it more difficult to stay on your feet. Make sure there are no cords, scatter rugs, pets toys or even pets in your path.
Are your stairs safe?
Safe stairs are well-lit with a light switch at the top and bottom of the stairs, handrails on both sides of the stairway, and an anti-slip finish. Contrast stripes are a great idea too!
Are you taking care of your health?
It’s important to properly manage your health issues. Remember, some medications can cause dizziness on their own, or when mixed with others. Always take your medications as directed and if you are taking more than 2 medications, ask your pharmacist to review them for you. Avoid mixing alcohol with prescription medications.
Are you eating a variety of foods every day?
Vitamin D and calcium help to keep your bones strong. Calcium is in salmon, spinach, stinging nettle, plantains and sesame seeds. Silica (for bone health) is in celery, cucumber, stinging nettle, wild asparagus and horse tail. Vitamin D is in salmon, egg yolks and sunshine. You may want to talk to your doctor about supplements.