There are a number of medical, personal and environmental factors that can make boomers more susceptible to a fall-related injury.
What lifestyle choices can you make to help reduce your risk of falling?
There are a number of things you can do to keep your bones strong and lessen your risk of a fall-related injury, including:
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay physically active.
- Have your bone density tested annually to help recognize signs of developing osteoporosis, as recommended by your physician.
- Get an annual eye examination.
- Get an annual physical that includes an evaluation for cardiac and blood pressure problems.
- Maintain a healthy diet with adequate dietary calcium and Vitamin D from both food and supplements.
- Check with your doctor(s) about any side effects of your medications; make sure all medications are clearly labeled and stored in a well-lit area and take medications on schedule with a full glass of water, unless otherwise instructed.
ARE YOU AT A HIGH RISK OF A FALL?
There are a number of medical, personal and environmental factors that can make someone more susceptible to a fall-related injury. Familiarize yourself with the following risk factors to find out if you or a loved one is at a high risk of falling.
Impaired musculoskeletal function
Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
Blood pressure fluctuation
Alzheimer’s disease and senility
Hip weakness and imbalance
Neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
Urinary and bladder dysfunction
Vision or hearing loss
Cancer that affects the bones
Side effects of medications