Around one in three people over 65, and half of over 80’s will have a fall every year. Even if you fall and are not hurt, a bad fall can shake your confidence. The good news is that falls are not an inevitable part of getting old, and there is plenty that you can do to avoid them.
- Exercise: regular exercise such as walking, swimming, housework and gardening all strengthen your muscles, so you are less likely to fall and better recover if you do.
- Get regular eye and hearing tests: you may qualify for free sight tests so make sure to ask your local optician. Your GP can also help to arrange a full sight or hearing test.
- Visit the chiropodist: keeping your feet and toenails healthy and in good condition will help in your maintenance of overall good health. Circulatory problems and diabetes are two conditions which can be diagnosed by looking at your feet.
- Keep your doctors informed: always tell the doctors treating you everything you’re taking, including tablets your doctor hasn’t prescribed but which you’ve bought yourself.
- Make your home safer: smart home purchases can help limit the risk of falls. Some examples are: non-slip rug pads, rubber bath mats and sturdy shoes. It is important to discuss any falls you’ve had with your GP and let them know if the fall has had any impact on your health and wellbeing as all healthcare professionals take falls in older people very seriously.
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