Q How can I reduce my risk of falling?
Falls represent a serious health risk for America’s aging population. Statistically, a third of all seniors will fall at least once this year, and the older you are, the worse your odds. Those falls can cause a lot of damage, too. Some are even fatal, and even those that aren’t (like a broken hip or leg) can permanently rob you of your independence and make it very difficult to stay active and healthy.
Simple steps to reduce your fall risk include:
- Stretch and exercise daily. We can help you develop a routine to help you improve your balance and agility and keep your feet, ankles, and legs strong and supported.
- Make sure your shoes are comfortable, stable, and supportive, with non-skid soles.
- Get your eyes checked. You may have lost some visual sharpness or even developed unknown “blind spots” in your visual field. Seeing clearly and accounting for any deficits makes navigation safer.
- Create a safe home environment. Remove obstacles that can make you trip, keep homes brightly lit, install handrails, grab bars, and non-slip mats where necessary. An occupational therapist can perform a home safety assessment and help you keep your living space as safe as possible for independent living.
If your feet and ankles aren’t as strong as they used to be, Dr. Harvey Danciger can help. Give our office a call at 760-568-0108 and find out what you can do to improve balance and reduce your fall risk as much as possible.