Did you know that almost half of all falls happen at home? If you have elderly loved ones, there are four simple things you can do to encourage seniors to stay healthy and avoid falls.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm encourage you to speak with older adults about staying healthy and avoiding falls. Encourage the older adults you care about to…
- Get some exercise
Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this increases the chances of falling. Exercise programs like Tai Chi can increase strength and improve balance, making falls much less likely.
- Be mindful of medications
Some medicines—or combinations of medicines—can have side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. This can make falling more likely. Having a doctor or pharmacist review all medications can help reduce the chance of risky side effects and drug interactions. Illustration: A man taking an eye exam.
- Keep their vision sharp
Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. To help make sure they’re seeing clearly, older adults should have their eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength.
- Eliminate hazards at home
About half of all falls happen at home. A home safety check can help identify potential fall hazards that need to be removed or changed, like tripping hazards, clutter, and poor lighting.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm have years of experience helping injured victims just like you get their lives back to normal. If you’ve been injured in a fall outside of your home, give us a call to discuss your situation.