Community Safety: Every year, one in three Canadians over age 65 will take a fall – often with serious consequences. It’s important to talk to a health professional, such as a chiropractor, about evaluating your health risks. A few steps of prevention can help you stay safely on your feet:
• Remove your reading glasses when walking.
• Never climb on a chair or stool to reach something. Always ask for assistance.
• If you have a pet, such as a cat or dog, consider putting a bell or reflector on its collar. It’s easy to stumble across an affectionate or sleeping pet that’s in your path.
• Take your time. If you frequently find yourself rushing to pick-up the phone, consider investing in a cordless phone that you can keep near you. Don’t rush to answer the door. The visitor will wait.
• Always sit down to put on or take off shoes and clothing. Place a chair or bench near the entranceway.
• Keep hallways and stairs free of grandchildren’s toys.
• Wear shoes or slippers with non-slip soles indoors. That means you might have to give up that pair of loose, comfy slippers with the worn soles.
• Ask for help if you need it. Most people like to lend a hand.
More information is available at www.yourback-health.com.