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Fall prevention for aging parents

Fall prevention for aging parents

What to do if they fall?
  1. Stay calm and do not panic
  2. Assess the situation and check for any injuries
  3. If they wish to get up, help them get off the floor slowly
  4. If at any point they are in pain or get stuck, STOP
  5. If they are unable to get up, call an ambulance
Main Causes
  • Foot problems
  • Environmental hazards
  • Lack of exercise
  • Side effects of medication
  • Poor vision or hearing
Prevention Tips
  1. GET SOME PHYSICAL EXERCISE- Exercise programs such as balance training, pedal cycling, sandbag strengthening and gait training can increase strength, improve static & dynamic balance, walking ability, at the same time, it reduce risk of falling. Keep moving and stay avtive. Tai Chi is one of the proven exercise can reduce fall by 47% in Tai Chi group, according to a survey. Check our fitness exercise collection.
  1. BE MINDFUL OF MEDICATIONS- Certain medicines or combinations of medicines can have side effects (drug interactions) which can lead to risk of falls such as dizziness or drowsiness. Regularly having a doctor or pharmacist to check & review all medications can help reduce risk of falling.

  2. KEEP ELDERLY’S VISION AND HEARING SHARP- Human vision & hearing will be affected due to aging process. Poor vision & hearing can make it harder to walk around safely. Older adults should have their eyes & ears checked every year and wear glasses/hearing aid devices with the right prescription strength.

  3. ENVIRONMENTAL/LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION- Carry on regular home safety check up to ensure environment are hazard-free. Intall assistive devices. Talk to expert for home hazard assessment.

  4. KEEP YOUR BONES STRONG

  5. ALWAYS STAND UP SLOWLY - Lift chairs help older people with poor mobility to safely rise to a standing position

  6. WEAR PROPER NON-SLIP FOOTWEAR/ ANTI-SLIP SOCKS

  7. LIGHT UP YOUR LIVING SPACE

 

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