Fall prevention tips for older adults

Falls PreventionCommunity 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.

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