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What should seniors do if they have already experienced a fall or fear falling in the future?

Written By Samarth Staff | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Anup Bagchi, MBBS, Geriatric specialist

If seniors have already experienced a fall or fear falling in the future, there are several steps they can take to address their concerns and reduce the risk of falls:

Seek medical evaluation: After experiencing a fall, seniors should seek medical evaluation, even if they do not perceive any serious injuries. It’s essential to assess for any underlying medical conditions or factors contributing to the fall. A healthcare professional can conduct a thorough examination, review medications, and recommend appropriate interventions.

Participate in fall prevention programs: Seniors can benefit from participating in fall prevention programs or workshops designed to educate them about fall risks and teach practical strategies for reducing the likelihood of falls. These programs often include exercises to improve strength and balance, home safety assessments, and tips for managing medications and footwear. For more information contact @samarthlife.org • 88003 06598

Discuss falls with healthcare providers: Seniors should openly discuss their concerns about falls with their healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, or physical therapists. Healthcare professionals can provide personalized guidance, suggest preventive measures, and refer seniors to relevant resources or specialists, such as physical therapists for balance training or occupational therapists for home assessments.

Stay active and engaged: Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining strength, flexibility, and balance, which are essential for preventing falls. Seniors should engage in exercises that focus on improving muscle strength and balance, such as walking, tai chi, yoga, or water aerobics. Additionally, staying socially connected and engaged in activities can help boost confidence and reduce the risk of falls by promoting overall well-being.

Make home modifications: Seniors can take proactive steps to modify their home environment to reduce fall hazards. This may include installing handrails or grab bars in bathrooms and stairways, improving lighting, removing tripping hazards, such as loose rugs or clutter, and using non-slip mats in the bathroom and kitchen.

Use assistive devices: Seniors may benefit from using assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, or mobility aids, to provide stability and support while walking. It’s essential to ensure that these devices are properly fitted and regularly maintained to optimize safety and effectiveness.

Review medications: Seniors should regularly review their medications with their healthcare providers to identify any medications that may increase the risk of falls due to side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. Healthcare providers can adjust dosages or prescribe alternative medications as needed.

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