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The topic?     Fall Prevention

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Silver Haired Tsunami Show,  featuring Dr. Pohl

Cox Television, Channel 4

August 22, 2016

10:30 am

 

 

What You Need to Know About Falls

Falls are serious.

·         Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall in the United States.  Many more are injured.

·         Falls are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury in older adults.

·         One out of five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.

·         95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.

 

What conditions increase your chance of falling?

·         Lower body weakness

·         Vitamin D  deficiency

·         Balance problems

·         Certain medications

·         Vision problems

·         Foot pain or ill fitting footwear

·         Home hazards

Four things you can do to prevent falls:

1.       Exercise to improve balance and strength  -- Yoga and Tai Chi are excellent.     

 

2.       Have your health care provider review your medications, including over the counter medications.   Some medications, or combinations,

          can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall.

 

3.       Have your vision checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. 

 

4.       Make your home safer.   

                                  Half of all falls happen at home.  To make your home safer:

·         Remove things you  can trip over, like throw rugs.    Other rugs should be taped down

          to avoid slipping.

·         Keep items often used in cabinets you can easily reach without a step stool

·         Have grab bars installed next to and inside the tub and next to the toilet.

·         Use non slip mats in the bathtub, shower and on the floors.

·         Improve the lighting in your home, including installation of motion activated

          lighting or sound activated, like, “clappers,”  a device that turns on your lights

           when you clap, so you are never stumbling in the dark.

·         Install handrails and lights on all staircases.

·         Wear well fitting, skid resistant shoes.

 

What to do if you have fallen:

If you hit your head, even slightly, you need to see a Doctor as soon as possible.

If you feel uninjured, you should still call your Doctor to report and discuss the fall.

 

For more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/stay_independent_brochure-a.pdf

 



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