Avoid The Pain And Heartache Of Falls

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - by Regena Young

Falling down is one of the leading causes of serious injury in Tennessee and something that can be prevented with a little intervention. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has proclaimed Sept. 22 Fall Prevention Awareness Day.

Falls often result in broken bones. Hip fractures are a major cause of health problems and death among older adults. For individuals who are already disabled, a fall can create a new set of problems, including being unable to live on your own. 

Take these steps to help prevent falls:

Ask your doctor about regular physical activities that can improve your balance and leg strength. Can you walk, swim, do yoga or other exercise?
Don’t start an exercise program without your doctor’s okay.
Two and a half hours of exercise a week is a good goal.
Ask your doctor to review your medications, because some medicines can make you dizzy and more prone to fall down.
Get your vision checked regularly. Update your glasses or contact lenses when your vision changes.

Find and fix dangers in your home. For example, add stair railings and move cords you could trip over. 

 

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Tennessee. Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following these simple steps. 

 Regena Young is a registered nurse and consumer advocate in the CHOICES program, administered for the state by BlueCare Tennessee.

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