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It Is Time to Take Steps to Prevent These Falls

According to the Texas A&M University Health Center, every six seconds a senior is admitted to an emergency room somewhere in the country. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65 or older.

“Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries,” said Director of Operations Mary O’Connor at the Senior Helpers Oak Brook Office. “And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.”

If you have a parent, grandparent or older relative help them reduce their risk of falling so they can stay healthy and independent as long as possible.

The good news is falls can be prevented. The key is to learn what can be done to prevent these falls.

Balance and gait  - Use a personal trainer or take a class focusing on these issues. It is important to improve your balance and gait. Use a cane or walker if necessary.

Vision - As people age, it can be harder to see. Make sure you have eye exams yearly or more often if necessary.

Medications  - Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration or interact with other medications causing falls. Talk to your physician to make him or her aware of what you are taking.

Chronic conditions  - Often diabetes, stroke or arthritis can increase the risk of falling. These conditions can cause a loss of function, inactivity, depression or pain. Make sure your physician is aware of your physical and mental state.

Senior Helpers has qualified people who are able to help 24-hours a day, seven days a week if need be. The goal is to keep their clients safe and healthy as possible, including medicine reminders, walking assistance, personal hygiene assistance and diet monitoring.

If you are unsure what type of service to give your loved one, Senior Helpers can make suggestions and guide you. Senior Helpers always offers a Free Assessment for your loved one. Make an appointment today.

For more information about Senior Helpers, call: 630-359-5775 or contact us.