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How to Avoid a Fall: Important Tips for Staying Safe and Preventing Injury

by Frank Herold
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Falls are especially dangerous as we age. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in four Americans aged 65 and older falls each year. Additionally, the CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among seniors. There are ways, however, to avoid a fall by implementing the following proactive steps:

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Improve Home Safety

Removing clutter and securing rugs are simple actions that can help you to avoid falls at home. Extra furniture or other hazards can impair the space you need to navigate from room-to-room safely. If you hate to part with a family heirloom, consider passing it on to a family member. 

Make sure there is enough lighting in your home. The ability to see clearly, especially at night, is essential in order to avoid a serious fall. Keeping flashlights nearby and using night lights are also useful and smart ideas.  Other home safety tips include installing handrails and removing electrical wires or cords from your walking path. 

 

Stay Active

Gentle exercise can lower your risk of a fall by improving:

  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Flexibility

Balance disorders are among the top causes of falls. Ask your doctor about types of exercises you can do to possibly prevent a fall. Be sure to also ask about the effects of any medications that may lead to dizziness or blurred vision. Consulting with your doctor is a great way to develop the best plan for your specific needs.

 

Wear Sensible Shoes

Our shoes are often the last item we put on when we get up in the morning. When it comes to safety, shoes should be among the first items you think about when getting dressed. 

A fashionable pair of shoes may match your dress or suit but they serve no purpose in keeping you safe. Shoe designs for seniors have come a long way in terms of appearance and comfort. Dress smart, especially shoe smart, by choosing a pair that keeps you safe. 

 

The Fear of Falling

Most seniors know someone who fell and experienced a serious health setback as a result. In order to avoid the same fate, some seniors may limit their activities simply due to the fear of falling. An active living community like that of the Sarasota Bay Club provides plenty of companionship and activities to keep your mind busy and off the subject of falling. 

A fall can happen to anyone at any time and while seniors are more at risk, the fear of falling shouldn't disrupt your quality of life. Don't let the fear of falling get the best of you—explore your options for a safe and fun retirement by visiting the Sarasota Bay Club for a personal tour. 

 

Sarasota Bay Club

At Sarasota Bay Club, we offer plenty of options for your fitness and safety needs. From an on-site fitness center to walking paths, we can help you improve your strength and balance. Our close proximity to shopping makes finding safe items for your space or that perfect pair of shoes easy and convenient. 

In addition to our wellness center, we offer in-home care, assisted living, and skilled nursing options. Should you experience a fall, you won't need to go far for rehabilitation services because that, too, is located on-site.

Learn more about who we are, what we offer, and why so many choose to make Sarasota Bay Club home. Contact us to schedule a time to meet our friendly and professional staff. Sarasota Bay Club offers the best in luxury retirement living. Discover why and how by planning your visit today. Schedule an appointment and tour

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