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Common Reasons Older Adults Fall

Falls can happen to anyone, but they are far more common among older adults. It is believed that one in four seniors over the age of 65 falls in a year, and the risk of falling increases with age. Among the many causes of falls are dizziness, poor eyesight, slower reflexes, neuropathy, strokes, and other underlying conditions. Certain medications may cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can be factors in losing balance or spatial awareness, especially at night. On a more physical plane, loose rugs and wires, cluttered and darkened hallways, and inadequate lighting may contribute to falls in seniors.  A more sedentary lifestyle, which can result in weaker muscle strength, along with balance and gait problems, can also contribute to falls.  To find out more about preventing falls, please consult a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Gerber Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Evanston, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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