Fall prevention awareness

The beginning of the fall season is as good a time as any to discuss fall prevention.

The first day of fall has been designated Fall Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging, and aims to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults and McLaren Macomb trauma services aim to increase awareness as a means to lead to prevention.

Falls from a standing position have the potential to cause life-threatening injuries and anyone is at risk. But a higher occurrence is seen in older adults, who may have become more inactive in recent years.

Injuries can include broken hips and other bones, spinal fractures and brain bleeds.

Immobility contributes to falls and incorporating an exercise routine, coupled with best practices to prevent falls, will go a long way in keeping those at-risk safe.

Get active
It doesn’t mean they have to go get a gym membership, but walking around, even with assistance, will help with exercise.

Designate walkways
Keep walkways clear, free of rugs and clutter and make sure they are well-lit.

Proper shoes
When you wear house slippers, avoid the slip-in slippers and go with a style that covers the heel. If you must go outside in icy conditions, wear shoes with functional treads.

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water can stave off feelings of lightheadedness and dizzy spells.

Talk to your physician
If you think you’re at risk for a fall, don’t keep it a secret. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. And be sure to mention all of your medications with your physician and pharmacist so you don’t experience any side effects when certain medications are mixed.

To inquire about fall prevention education, call McLaren Macomb trauma services at (586) 493-3848.