Falling: Are You At Risk?
As we age, our bones become more fragile. Our reflexes are no longer lightening-quick. If you are over age 65, having four or more of these risk factors will increase your risk of falling by 80 percent.
Let’s face it: We’re all getting older. As we age, our bones become more fragile. Our reflexes are no longer lightening-quick. Our eyes just might be playing tricks on us. These factors can lead to the likelihood of a serious tumble. And falls can cost us — not only in terms of treatment, but in terms of independence and even our lives.
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It’s important to know whether or not you might be at risk of falls, says Cleveland Clinic geriatric clinical nurse specialist Anne Vanderbilt, MSN, CNP, CNS. If you are over age 65, having four or more of these risk factors will increase your risk of falling by 80 percent:
If you see yourself in the above list, be sure to get annual health screenings — doctors’ orders!
Don’t let fear of falling cramp your lifestyle. Use these tips to stay safely upright, Ms. Vanderbilt suggests:
Preventing a fall is your best bet for remaining active and independent as you age.
Fall-proofing your home is also a must to avoid sudden spills:
Take an active role in preventing falls to help ensure your own safety. Knowing if you are at risk is the first step.