Falls are the seventh leading cause of death in persons over age 65. A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found that preventing falls and the resulting injuries could reduce or delay the need to move to a long-term care facility.
Do You Know Your Fall Risk?
If any of these statements apply to you, then you might be at risk for falls:
Who and What Does Falling Affect?
Falling affects everyone, but especially those who tend to hurry or run into unexpected safety hazards (such as ice or out-of-place objects). Experiencing a fall affects your independence, your caregivers and your health status.
What Can I Do About It?
Avoid these dangerous situations:
Caregivers and Medications
Don't be afraid to ask for help instead of putting yourself at risk. Let your caregivers know how you are really doing. Know your medications, talk to your doctor about side effects and know how they mix together - or don’t mix together!
Diet and Exercise
Be sure to eat right according to your doctor's recommendation for your specific condition(s).Prepare food ahead of time or consider a home delivered meal program. Additionally, there are many exercises you can do even if your mobility is limited.
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Marshfield Medical Center - Ladysmith
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Ladysmith, WI 54848