Falling is a real but preventable problem for older Americans. Did you know that 1 in 4 older Americans have fallen in the past year? Most people who fall do not tell their doctor that they have fallen. In 2014, falls were the #1 cause of injury and death from injury in older Americans. About 74 older adults fall every day. Some of our members at Gloria Dei have had serious complications from a fall.
Some things that a doctor or nurse might ask to assess your fall risk:
- Have you fallen in the past year?
- Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
- Do you worry about falling?
You may have an increased risk of falling if you have:
- Poor balance
- Vision or foot problems
- Medications that are linked to falls
- Postural hypotension—your blood pressure decreases when you stand up, making you dizzy
- Home hazards such as clutter, rugs that may slip, no grab bars near the toilet or bath tub, low lighting
The good news is that even if you are at a risk of falling, there are things we can do to minimize your risk.
God bless you,
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