Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) wants to help older adults lower their risk for falls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls caused 34,000 deaths among adults ages 65 and older, making it the leading cause of injury death for the age group. Although the risk for falls increases with age, they can still be prevented.
Using certain medications, even over-the-counter ones, can affect your balance and lead to falls. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, speak to your medical care provider for a review of your medications.
In addition to reviewing your medications, be sure to get your eyes checked annually. Many people use bifocal or progressive lenses, but these types of lenses can make things seem closer or farther away than they really are. You may need a pair of glasses with only your distance prescription for activities like walking. OKCIC patients can call (405) 948-4900 ext. 390 to schedule an Optometry appointment.
Other fall risk factors may be present in your home, but simple changes can make your home safer:
- Get rid of things you can trip over
- Add grab bars inside and outside your tub and shower and next to the toilet
- Put railings on both sides of the stairs
- Make sure your home has lots of light by adding brighter bulbs and nightlights
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can easily reach
- Use non-slip mats on shower floors
- Use non-slip rugs on tile or hardwood floors
Regular exercise is another way to improve your balance and reduce falls. Gentle exercise, like Tai Chi, can strengthen the legs and increase stability. OKCIC patients can sign up for a Tai Chi group class by scanning the following QR code.
Falls are preventable. Take steps to lower your risk today.