When we were kids, taking a tumble made us laugh, but as we mature, we soften our laughter until — in our senior years — our children are concerned about our falling, and the idea makes us frown.
Falling Is A Great Danger to Seniors
We have good reason to frown: Among adults over 65, falls cause more deaths and injuries than anything else. That’s regardless of overall health, and that’s anywhere—at home, in independent living, in assisted living, even in the hospital.
How to prevent falling? Start by talking about it.
Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!
Who wants to play Grandma in that late night TV ad where she yells, “Help! I’ve fallen! And I can’t get up.”?
No. She’s about to lose her independence, right? They’ll soon be moving her out of her familiar home and in with a child or maybe a nursing home.
Talking Isn’t Yelling
But talking isn’t yelling. Discuss this danger with your neighbors and kids. Ask your doctor about falling.
How Talking about Falling Keeps You On Your Feet
1) You will learn practical preventive tips – such as how to arrange your furniture.
2) Your doctor will know if you have a medical condition that needs correcting and give you a prescription that helps you maintain balance.
3) The danger of falling will move to the front of your mind, where it will help you be alert and prevent falls.
Check back with us for more about how to prevent falls.
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