Did you know that 1 out of 3 older adults (65+ years) fall each year? And, after you fall once you are at greater risk of future falls. Some people might think that falling is a normal part of aging. But, this is NOT true. Falls are preventable; the following simple steps can prevent you or a loved one from falling:
- Physical Activity: Balance, flexibility, and strength training reduce the risk of falling. It is never too late to begin an exercise program. Start simple with weight shifting, low impact exercises, and don’t forget to stretch.
- Medical Management: Talk to your doctor. Medications and especially combinations of medications can make us dizzy which can increase risk of falling. Also, have your vision checked. Changes in vision and inner ear functioning can directly effect falls.
- Home Modification: Installing grab bars and even removing floor clutter can reduce the risk of falls. Adequate lighting and bathroom modifications are important to stay on your feet.
- Get informed: There are many fall prevention local resources available. Go to www.sandiegofallprevention.org and check out the resource guide which lists local fall prevention resources.
Remember, falling is not a normal part of aging. Stay independent, active, and aware. La Jolla Sports Club has many programs to help people of all ages be healthy, active, and fit. Building a strong body and mind are key to maintaining health. See what La Jolla Sports Club has to offer today!