I would rather leap down a flight of stairs blind-folded than to watch an elder fall. Falling is a very embarrassing experience for anybody and especially harmful to our seniors. As we age our bones become fragile and can break with ease. Once a bone gets broken such as a hipbone, it is all down hill from there. They may never fully recover and it could become fatal.
Almost a third of our thoroughbred Americans fall every year. This statistic is way too high and needs to be lowered. By taking preventive measures we can greatly reduce this number.“Each year, approximately one-third of elderly adults experience a fall.” (Hausdorff, 2001). “Falls are the most common cause of fatal injuries among elderly adults age 65 years and older, as well as the most common cause of nonfatal injuries in this population.” (CDC, 2001). A senior falling can be the equivalent of a death sentence.
Female caregivers have a disadvantage when caring for the elderly. As I was visiting some caregiver support groups I noticed some women caregivers were having trouble lifting their loved ones when they fall. They were pondering if they should rent a hoist because they weren’t strong enough to lift their elderly loved ones. The high statistics of the elderly becoming injured or fatal from falling suggests that we should use preventative health measures to ensure our elders have proper walking aids to prevent the falls.
Below are twenty useful tips that will assist you in preventing the elderly from falling
1) Make sure they have a high protein diet to strengthen muscles
2) Buy them a good pair of running shoes with good arch support
3) Install high watt light bulbs so they can see better (As we age our eyes require more light)
4) Ensure they have a good diet and take vitamins for proper nourishment
5) Remove lamps because elders have a tendency to reach for items to stabilize themselves and lamps easily fall. (Install high wattage overhead lights, especially in dim lit stairways)
6) Install night-lights in the bedroom and bathroom
7) Assist them walking every opportunity you can
8) Elevate their legs with a footstool so blood doesn’t linger there
9) Install ledges or rails on wall areas where they often feel unsteady
10) Get them a walker or other assistance
11) Make the home handicap accessible. (Handicap showers have no ledges to climb over and offer a seat)
12) Inspect home for loose thresholds, moving rugs or other falling hazards
13) Keep their ears clean to enable balance. (Consult your Doctor)
14) Be certain they have proper vision aids to see where they are going
15) Encourage them to stretch their legs at times by bending over
16) Rub their legs with lotion and massage their leg muscles to stimulate them
17) Monitor their diet so they do not become overweight
18) Offer them Tylenol to prevent aching muscles and bones. (Consult your Doctor)
19) Eliminate clutter and any unsafe or unneeded items for clear pathways
20) Constantly search for ways to prevent falling before it happens
By taking some of the steps above we can prevent many seniors from falling and allow them to keep on trucking. Christmas is coming soon and would be a perfect time to have granny sporting around in her new tennis shoes. Lets allow our seniors and thoroughbred Americans to safely enjoy their lives by using preventative health methods to limit the elderly from falling.
 Hausdorff JM, Rios DA, Edelberg HK.Gait, (2001), “variability and fall risk in community-living older adults: a 1-year prospective study. “ Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2001;82:1050-6
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web- based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars
Dale B. Adams formed Majestic Publishers in 2000, and is the author and self publisher of the new book, “Care Giving Made Easy – How to Be An Awesome Caregiver” Second Edition and the inventor of the, “Money Saving Calendar,” a new information vehicle that informs consumers how to save and make money every month of the year and the soon to be released, “How to Make Your Home Sell – Even In A Slow Market.” His many experiences include being a Security Consultant, General Contractor and Energy Conservation Specialist. To learn more valuable information visit: http://www.majesticpublishers.com