Is your fear of falling increasing with age? If so, you have plenty of company. Each year, thousands of senior citizens are hurt after slipping, tripping and falling. Such an accident can result in a broken bone or other injury that has life-changing consequences.
You can take steps to reduce your fear. Exercise will help you with flexibility and your natural reaction to challenging and unexpected situations. Checking for tripping and other hazards will enhance safety.
Inspect Your Surroundings
Your individual living space, whether you still live independently or have moved into a facility like Coastal Home senior living facilities, may need reorganization or a cleanup to reduce any unrecognized potential tripping dangers.
Everyday furnishings may take on a danger factor for someone who is older, has a newly diagnosed medical condition or has a loss of ability. Here are some areas to consider for potential hazards:
- Throw rugs, damaged carpeting and different types of flooring surfaces
- Electrical cords or oxygen tubing in the path of traffic
- Dim lighting in a room, along hallways and at doorways
- Clutter on floors, along walkways, in staircases or near entrances
- Stairs that are worn, uneven or need railings
Being sure that your pathway from room to room is clear and having a well-lit course are initial steps toward a safe home.
Exercise and Stay Active
Each year more than one in three seniors 65 or older experiences a fall, according to the National Institute on Aging, and risks increase with age.
Exercise can increase mobility, strength and your awareness of personal space and surroundings. Classes for senior citizens are offered by community organizations and elder care homes to help with physical wellness, healthful eating and staying safe.
You can find exercises, activities and classes to suit you and meet your needs. Staying active and maintaining physical well-being can help boost your confidence and counter the fear of falling.