How to Celebrate Fall Prevention Awareness WeekSeptember 16, 2019
Did you know that older adults are seen in the emergency room for fall-related injuries every 11 seconds? That’s why Fall Prevention Awareness Week is so important: it could help prevent serious injuries and setbacks for seniors. During the week of September 23-29, we’ll be raising awareness and providing fall prevention tips and exercises that could help keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and mobile all year-long.
Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors
There are many benefits of exercise for seniors and choosing exercises that target balance, strength, and stability can help prevent falls from occurring.
If you are worried about balance and mobility but are out of practice at more strenuous physical activity, don’t be afraid to start small. Playing games like balloon volleyball, bean bag toss, or video games can help start you on the track to better physical fitness.
High-impact exercise isn’t only hard on joints, but it can also lead to dangerous falls. Water aerobics can help maintain strength and stability in a safe, naturally resistant atmosphere. The best part? Some of our communities including Heritage Place and Barkley Place have their own community pools, making it easy to offer residents the benefits of water aerobics.
Keeping seniors active is an important part of physical and mental health. Tai Chi offers a gentle, meditative physical practice that is easy on the joints and shown to help improve aerobic capacity, build muscle, and exercise the joints, all of which can help prevent falls.
Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors
Because falls affect so many seniors and because they can lead to so many other serious problems, it’s important to make fall prevention a priority. Share these fall prevention tips to help keep your loved ones safe.
Find a Good Balance & Exercise Program
While we’ve provided a list of some fall prevention exercise ideas, any physical activity that focuses on balance, strength, and flexibility could help prevent falls. It’s important to choose doctor-approved exercises and to avoid anything too strenuous, as unapproved and challenging exercises could end up causing falls or other injuries.
Remove Tripping Hazards
While senior living communities are designed and maintained with fall prevention in mind, if you or your loved one still lives at home, it’s important to evaluate the home with mobility in mind. Be sure to remove tripping hazards, thoughtfully arrange furniture, increase lighting, and install grab bars wherever they might help.
Regularly Review Medications
Many prescription medications can include side effects that could increase the risk of falling. Be sure to monitor side effects that might lead to a fall and talk to your doctor about the risks involved. It’s also important to take medications only as prescribed and to make sure your doctor knows every prescription you’re on, as medications can have bad reactions when combined.
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