A recent study has shown that deadly falls are on the rise among seniors in the United States. According to the lead researcher, Elizabeth Burns, at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, “Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 and older.” You can read more about it here: https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20180511/deadly-falls-on-the-rise-among-us-seniors#1
There are some basic things you can do to limit the risk of falling as you age:
- Stay active – Get your body moving with a walk or other regular exercise to strengthen those muscles.
- Prepare your area – Install grab bars in bathrooms and tubs, and eliminate clutter and unnecessary obstacles like small tables, extra chairs, and throw rugs in your home.
- Consider your footwear – Wear shoes and slippers that have nonslip soles.
Another safety tip is to get your hearing checked. That may surprise some of you. A study performed at Johns Hopkins showed that hearing loss was linked to a three-fold risk of falling. Hearing loss is so simple to take action for, there is no reason to let it be the cause of a serious fall. You can read more about that study here: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_three_fold_risk_of_falling
With serious falls on the rise, we need to make a special effort to protect ourselves (and our loved ones) as we age. Don’t let something as simple as laundry on the floor be the reason you need to visit the emergency room. And don’t wait to have your hearing checked either. Actively tending to your hearing health can make a big difference.
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Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator