Fall Prevention Tips
Submitted by Marina Hodson
When I started writing this column two years ago, it was shortly after my British mother in law fell on the ice. As I drove through the freezing drizzle yesterday, it seemed an opportune time to revisit this topic.
According to Canada’s Public Health Agency, one in three Canadian seniors will fall at least once this year and half of those will fall more than once; of such incidents, 40% result in hip fractures. The good news is – falls can be prevented!
Start by eating well and keeping fit – inactivity increases your risk of falling so engage in daily physical activity. Walk or participate in community activities which help to maintain your flexibility and balance such as Tai Chi.
Have your health care provider review your medications to see whether any of them might make you dizzy or sleepy, this should include both prescription and over-the counter medicines. If you do require medication which may cause dizziness, adjust your activities and never mix medication with alcohol.
Put safety before fashion and make sure you choose proper footwear and use your safety aids. Nobody thinks any less of you for looking after yourself and using a cane or walker when needed.
So get out there and enjoy Canadian winter safely and wisely.