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Older woman holding onto a rail
Older woman holding onto a rail

4 Ways to Improve Fall Safety

Every year, nearly one in three adults age 65 and older fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Your risk of falling increases as you age. Although many falls don’t cause serious injury, falls remain the cause of nearly all hip fractures and the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Still, almost half of the adults who fall don’t tell their doctor or family, fearing a loss of independence or a potential move to an assisted living facility.

While falls are a real danger for older adults, they aren’t an inevitable part of aging. Simple precautions can reduce your fall risk long before an injury happens. In fact, careful adaptation can allow you to stay in your home and in control of your life even after a fall.

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Medical Alert Devices

Worn around the neck or on the wrist, medical alert devices can give you a sense of security when you’re home alone. In addition to the standard call function, some alerts have sensors that can detect and automatically report a fall. Combined with cell phones, alert devices help you live independently with confidence, knowing that you can communicate with others if you need assistance.


Definitions

Assisted living: A place for adults to live who do not need full-time nursing care but do need help with everyday tasks, such as dressing, bathing, eating or using the bathroom. Residents often need help due to memory disorders, incontinence or mobility issues. Centers offer a homelike atmosphere, providing meals, housekeeping, laundry, recreational activities, transportation and assistance 24 hours a day.

Traumatic Brain Injury: A type of brain injury caused by external force, often due to impact. Symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, unconsciousness, convulsions or cognitive/emotional changes.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy uses specific exercises and therapies to improve strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance to improve or recover a patient’s ability to move and function in his or her daily life.

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