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10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falls

February 05, 2015

Yesterday Live Oak featured a Good Morning America segment on the increasing problem of senior falls and the Fall Stop Move Strong organization's efforts to teach fall prevention techniques.  

Late last year the founder of Fall Stop Move Strong, Celeste Carlucci, shared 10 tips to reduce risk of falls with the Huffington Post

 

To reduce the risk of slips, trips, near-misses and falls:

 1. Never put your underpants on standing up. 

Stabilizing yourself by sitting or holding onto something is crucial.

2. Step on the leash to pick up the poo. 

When walking your dog, keep your dog close, hold the leash firmly, then step on to the leash while you bend over to clean up after your dog. 

3. Be warned. If you think "This is unsafe -- but I'll take care of it later," don't wait! 

Stamp out the problem when it is first noticed. Many times some one falls "by lack of action" not "by accident". So, go ahead and pick up that dog toy in the middle of the room. 

4. Hold the staircase railing whether you think you need to or not. 

You can never tell when someone before your might lose their balance. " Your falls won't always be your fault, so be alert to your environment and be cautious. 

5. Men, if you have to take out your wallet from your back pocket. Women, if you have to look through your purse for your wallet. Be sure to stop what ever you are doing (walking, chatting with a friend, talking on your cell phone), THEN look for your wallet in your pocket or purse. 

6. Don't even think you can step over that low hedge or fence, box in the supermarket aisle, or low-hanging rope divider. Yes, people do this! And maybe when you were 20 and in a hurry you could, too. But at this age, don't take that risk. It isn't worth it.

6. Don't Even Think You Can Step Over that Low Obstacle

Maybe 10 or 15 years ago you could easily step over that log, fence, or any other obstacle. But, without paying the proper attention to the obstacle can lead to an accident. 

7. As soon as you get the walk sign, go!

If the white cross walk sign has started blinking it is going to be too late for your to cross. Once the light changes, start crossing the street, to avoid rushing on a city street and curb. 

8. Don't Run

Don't run after your grandchild, your dog, or the bus. 

9. Be aware of stepladders.

If you have to reach that far back dish or ingredient in the cupboard, proceed with caution. 

Never take both hands off the ladder, particularly when changing overhead light bulbs. Also, if you live alone, wear a medical alert device while using the stepladder. 

10. When you're feeling blue, call a friend.

Being isolated and alone can cause your risk for a fall to increase. When you do not leave your house and become more isolated, your overall activity level drops dramatically. With the decreased activity level, weaker muscles and depression may result. 

"Remember, change begins with you. Take prevention seriously. We all need to do the things that help us, help our family and friends move strong and reduce the risk for falls."

For further Fall prevention information and organizations visit Live Oak's fall prevention reference collection 




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