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Five Ways to Prevent Falls

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You may have heard: falls account for more than half of injuries among older adults. But the good news is these are the most preventable risk to health. Here, five ways to stop falls from happening in your day-to-day life.

1. Eat Well.

Eating healthy, regular meals can keep you strong and ward off the weakness and dizziness which can lead to falls. That means not skipping lunch and following the recommendations for daily servings of fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats and carbohydrates outlined in Canada’s Food Guide to Eating Healthy.

2. Check Your Meds.

Be sure to ask your doctor about side effects or negative interactions your medications might have with other substances (such as alcohol). If some pills cause drowsiness, don’t plan activities until the feeling subsides.

3. Stay Strong.

Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity can go a long way in maintaining your mobility, strength and flexibility. Whether it’s walking at a nearby park, taking a Tai Chi class, or simply doing chores around the home, every bit of activity counts. Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults is packed with useful information and tips

4. Make Home Improvements.
  • In the kitchen, get rid of throw rugs that can cause you to slip and fall. Make sure cutlery and glassware is within reach (so you can avoid having to climb on a chair to grab the china located on the top shelf of your kitchen cabinet).
  • In stairwells, make sure there are handrails on both sides and that there is good lighting in the area.
  • In the bathroom wipe up spills right away and use a non-slip mat in the bathtub or shower.
  • In the living room keep electrical cords tucked away.
  • In the front entrance make sure stairs are clear of snow and ice and that there is a small bench upon which you can sit to put on/remove shoes.
5. Plan Your Outings.

When heading out be sure to plan ahead so that you have ample time to arrive at your destination (being rushed could lead to a fall). Also, try to head out in daylight so that you are well aware of your surroundings. And always wear sturdy footwear with good tread!

For more useful information and tips visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Fall Prevention Guide.