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.
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. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guides.html
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.
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 http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/H39-429-1999-2E.pdf
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.