Preventing Falls at Home
By Stephen R. Farris
When it comes to aging, no two adults are alike. We may see adults the same age, yet one seems to be vibrant and healthy. They're able to still do many of the things they did when they were younger and with ease, so it seems. But on the other hand, another adult the same age may find it difficult to walk, do simple tasks at home, or in need of devices or other assistance just to be able to stand up.
If you fit into the latter category, there are a few things you can do to help improve your strength and prevent falls.
If you're wondering about some of the factors that couple in with falls, there are several you should look for.
- Difficulty maintaining balance, due to not being able to walk very far, foot problems, vision problems, and/or a vestibular condition.
- The types of medications you take could put your sense of balance at risk.
- Hazards inside your home, such as poor lighting and objects on the floor or in doorways that could cause one to fall.
- Low blood pressure. You might feel light-headed when trying to stand up, thus putting you in position to lose your balance and possibly fall.
- When it comes to feet, it could be certain conditions you may have or even the type of shoes that you wear, inserts, etc.
There are measures you can take to lessen your chances of a fall.
If you have internet access you should be able to find videos or step-by-step instructions on how to do just about any exercise you want. But for balance exercising, you can try some of these to help you regain your balance to help prevent falls.
- Sit-to-stand exercise
- Balance exercise
Remove Hazards Inside Your Home
If you're unable to do this by yourself, ask a family member, friend or neighbor for help in removing hazards inside your home that could cause you to fall. Some of the things to look for are loose rugs or carpeting, furniture too close to entry ways, clutter or objects laying in floors or entry ways.
And remember, if you have questions about balance and falling, consult with your local chiropractor, such as the licensed professionals that can be found at The Joint Chiropractic. He/she can answer your questions and offer advice or tips on how to stay standing and additional exercises you could to to help prevent falls.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.