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Safeguarding Seniors Against Accidental Tumbles

As our loved ones age, ensuring their safety becomes paramount, with a particular focus on preventing falls. Begin by creating a well-lit environment, reducing tripping hazards like loose rugs, and securing electrical cords. Install handrails in key areas to provide additional support, and opt for non-slip mats in bathrooms. Regular exercise, tailored to their abilities, enhances strength and balance, decreasing the likelihood of falls. Ensure their footwear fits well and offers proper traction. Regular eye check-ups are vital, as poor vision contributes to falls. Encourage open communication about any dizziness or balance issues, addressing them promptly. It is helpful to familiarize seniors with their surroundings to boost confidence and reduce disorientation. Falling is frequently related to the health of a senior's feet. If you would like more information about how to help seniors to keep from falling, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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