How can seniors best prevent slip-and-fall accidents?
As an active senior, the very last thing that you want is to experience a slip-and-fall accident. It is important to keep your body moving while also taking precautions so you can keep these calamities from happening.
Here is some information from AARP about how seniors can prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
Why you need to take falls seriously
Falls are no small matter. According to AARP, a senior goes to the ER every 11 seconds in this country for medical care after experiencing a fall. And, between 2007 and 2016, there was a 30 percent increase in death rates for falls among this demographic. These statistics demonstrate how serious this problem is and why you need to take steps to prevent this.
It is vital that you strike a balance between taking the proper precautions to avoid falling and not living in fear of this happening. Being aware of this body-mind connection and keeping your body moving is one of the best ways to stay limber and agile.
How you can reduce your risk of falling
Make sure you own shoes that are not prone to slipping. Go through your home to ensure that there are no hazards that would increase your risk of falling. Just like new parents “babyproof” a house, you should examine each room to see whether you need modifications. In addition to securing electrical cords so you do not trip over them, do things like:
- Replace door knobs with levers
- Add slip-resistant mats in the shower and bathtub
- Replace throw rugs with nonstick mats
- Add grab bars and railings where needed
Take stairs whenever you safely can to keep your leg strength high. And devise a plan to maintain your fitness level and stick with it. You should strive to incorporate a variety of workouts, including:
- Balance, such as yoga or tai chi
- Cardio, such as walking or swimming
- Strength, such as light weights or body resistance calisthenics
By working exercise into your daily lifestyle, you stay fit and decrease the chance of a hospital visit for a slip-and-fall.