January 2021: Watch Your Step…
3 FALL RISK FACTORS
Did you know that every 15 seconds, an older adult is treated in the ER for injuries related to an accidental fall? Every 29 minutes, an older adult dies from an accidental fall-related injury. Being mindful of your health, environment, and events that can cause falls is vital in avoiding injury. Start the new year right by being prepared and avoid injury!
Related to medical problems in neurology, orthopedics, biomechanics, physiology and nutrition. Gait and balance problems, muscle weakness, chronic illnesses, vision problems and nutritional deficiencies.
Home hazards (ie: loose throw rugs, lack of railings and grab bars). Outside hazards (icy sidewalks, debris) or risky footwear. The environmental factors often require the involvement of supportive family members.
Sudden or occasional events that cause a challenge to balance or strength (a strong dog pulling on a leash). Health-related events like the use of certain medications and excess alcohol, as well as physiological changes such as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in a person with diabetes, hypotension, and electrolyte imbalance, can also trigger falls.