How to Prevent Dangerous Falls as You Age
As you age, the balance of your body becomes more difficult to maintain. This can lead to falls, and for older adults, falls can be detrimental to their health. If you are older, or you know someone who is, and want to try and help avoid falls here is what chiropractic care recommends.
Why Falling Becomes a Problem
As you get older, your vision or hearing may make it more difficult for you to be coordinated. Also, the nerves that carry information from your central nervous system to your muscles deteriorate, and that can slow your reaction time as well as make it more difficult to change course if something gets in your way. You also have to consider that as you age, your muscles strength lessens and lack of flexibility can make it difficult for you to sit and stand or even walk. There are things you can do to help counter the impact aging has on your body, however.
Home Safety Check
Many of falls that older people take are due to hazards inside of the home. For example, people may trip over objects on the floor. The best thing to do to counter this is to have a family member or a health care provider evaluate your home and remove any potential hazards. This will decrease the risk of injury.
One of best things that can be done to improve coordination and muscle strength is to start a regular exercise program. Walking, water workouts and tai chi are great examples of exercises that help to build strength but are gentle to perform on your body. If you need more suggestions, talk to your chiropractor about what exercises you can do to help prevent a fall in your future.
It’s really important to have your vision checked regularly. Cataracts and glaucoma, which are both age related conditions, can decrease your depth perception and make you more susceptible to falls. Also, make sure to clean your glasses daily in order to help improve your visibility.
Osteoporosis makes bones more susceptible to fracture in fall, which can be a problem. It is caused by hormonal changes, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, as well as a decrease in physical activity. Make sure your diet is balanced and includes enough calcium to support your bone health. Talk to your chiropractor about ways you can help to avoid osteoporosis through diet and exercise.