As promised, today’s guest post was written by a fellow Kentuckian, Vee Cecil.
Vee publishes a nifty blog over at: MyNewWell.com.
Besides being busier than a farmer at tobacco hanging time, Vee has somehow managed to come up with today’s post about why we’re in danger of falling and has even listed some things we could do to prevent landing in an provocative position.
So take it away, Vee…
Signs You Could Be Headed For A Fall:
The CDC reports that in 2013 there were 2.5 million falls resulting in trips to the emergency room for older adults.
The unfortunate truth is that as we age our chances of falling increase.
However, seniors should know that certain risk factors can put them at a greater risk of falling than other people their age.
If you’re concerned about falling, read on to find out more about the signs that you could be headed for a fall.
You’ve fallen before:
ConsumerAdvocate.org warns that if you’ve fallen before, your chances of falling are greater than those of someone who has never fallen.
If you have taken a tumble, do a close assessment of what caused the fall. Often, easy fixes such as a change in footwear, better lighting, using a cane, adding handrails, etc., can help prevent another fall and the health issues that come with them.
You have postural hypotension:
Do you ever get lightheaded immediately after standing up? If so, you may have postural hypotension. MedicineNet.com explains postural hypotension as:
a drop in blood pressure (hypotension) due to a change in body position (posture) when a person moves to a more vertical position…”
That period of lightheadedness can lead to a fall.
If this is a common problem for you, the University of Oklahoma alleges that you can help prevent it when you:
- drink sufficient water every day
- get up from sitting slowly
- clench your fists and pump your ankles 10‐12 times before standing to help raise your blood pressure a little before you get up
You don’t get enough exercise:
If you aren’t getting enough exercise, then your muscles, flexibility, agility, and overall health will suffer. When you’re weak and unhealthy, you could be more susceptible to a fall.
If you’re seeking a way to work exercise into your routine, take the advice of this guide on senior health and head to the pool.
<Editor’s Note> Additional swimming tips for seniors: More Benefits From Swimming
The guide explains swimming is a great exercise for fall prevention because it works all the large muscle groups of the body.
Just diving in can make you feel stronger from head to toe.
HappieratHome.org notes that diabetics suffer several symptoms that can increase their chances of falling.
The same report notes that:
a drop in blood sugar may result in shakiness, weakness, dizziness. These complications that could easily lead to a fall…
If you are diabetic, speak with your doctor about your concerns regarding how it might increase your chances of falling and work with them to come up with solutions to keep you safe.
When you know what areas put you at high risk for a fall, you can take steps to mitigate them.
Growing old doesn’t have to mean losing mobility and independence. By making small modifications at home and by living a healthy lifestyle, you can ensure your golden years are full of life.
Written by Vee Cecil, a wellness coach, personal trainer, and boot camp instructor who is based in Kentucky. She is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog at: MyNewWell.com
Thank you Vee for sharing your research.
You can also thank Vee for today’s post by visiting her blog at: MyNewWell.com