Elderly fall prevention is an important part of senior health. The National Council on Aging reports that one-third of Americans aged 65 and up fall every year. These falls lead to over 2.5 million ER visits and, sadly, almost 22,000 deaths every year. Even when not fatal, a fall can take away a senior citizen’s independence and lead to enormous financial costs.
Here in our greater Sacramento, CA community, we are firmly committed to the health and wellbeing of our senior residents. One of the ways this is evident is through the classes and activities hosted by the Ethel Macleod Hart Senior Center. Funding may become available this summer for the Hart Fun Pass Program—a fee-waiver program created for seniors who would otherwise be unable to participate in fee-based classes and other activities.
Even without the Fun Pass Program though, there are still plenty of free options like Strength and Balance, Social Ping Pong, and Qi Gong Movement and Meditation. Strength and balance are both important components for elderly fall prevention. The Hart Center’s programs are certainly worth considering, especially if you are looking for a fun, lively group that always welcomes newcomers.
Classes and programs at the Hart Senior Center are a great place to start when we discuss preventing falls as you age. Staying active and participating in gentle activities like walking, tai chi, and water workouts help to maintain—and even improve—physical strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination (all of which are pillars for staying upright and mobile).
In addition to exercise and physical activity, it is important to consider medications that you take regularly. The side effects and interactions between various prescriptions can increase your risk for a fall. Consult with your primary physician to ensure that your medications are working for you, and not making it more likely that you will take a tumble.
One other way to prevent falls is to ensure that you always wear proper, sensible footwear. This means no high heels or shoes and slippers that have slick soles. Always opt for sturdy, properly-fitting shoes that feature nonskid soles instead.
For more information on how you can protect yourself or older loved ones from the risk of a potentially dangerous fall, give our staff at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group a call at (916) 961-3434. We are always happy to provide senior foot care to help keep you mobile and active. Schedule an appointment with our Carmichael, CA office over the phone or online today.