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Importance of fall prevention for elderly
Introduction
Seniors' falls are seen as an epidemic. In light of this fact, it is one of the major reasons for the poor
quality of life, impairment in seniors, and occasionally even mortality.
Numbers Don't Lie: Senior Fall Rates
• India is one of the nations with the highest annual rate of senior fall injuries.
• The majority of fatal falls occur in those over the age of 60.
• Each year, there are 37.3 million falls that are serious enough to need medical attention.
• Over 80% of the estimated 684 000 people who die from falls each year around the world live in
low- and middle-income nations.
Why Do Elderly People Fall?
• Deterioration of Fitness
• Reduced vision
• Effects of medications
• Chronic Conditions
• Surgical Techniques
• Environment-related risks
A fall rarely happens for just one of the listed causes. A serious, even fatal, injury may result when
any of these elements come together.
Things to prevent falls
• Ask your doctor to review your prescriptions.
As you age, your body's response to medications may alter. You could fall if you are made drowsy or
lightheaded by a certain medication combination. If you stumble, fear falling, or have other
unsteadiness, inform your healthcare professional right away.
• Improve your strength and balance by exercising.
Your risk of falling is reduced by exercises that strengthen your legs and enhance balance.
Additionally, it makes you feel healthier and more certain.
Things to prevent falls
• Get your feet and eyes checked.
Your risk of falling can rise if you have poor vision. Additionally, have your feet examined by your
doctor once a year. Discuss appropriate footwear and enquire about the thought of visiting a foot
doctor.
• Secure your home.
Put non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower. As you age, stronger lights are recommended for clear
vision. Increase the lighting in your home and hang sheer curtains or window coverings to reduce
glare. Put on a pair of cozy, supportive shoes for both indoor and outdoor use.
What physical activities can help avoid falls?
• Walking in a straight line
Ask the elderly person to walk down a straight line that has been drawn, with the physiotherapist,
caregiver, or family member standing behind them to provide support as needed.
• Obstacle walking
Place tiny things, such as a small pillow or a towel wrapped up, at regular intervals along a straight
path. Ask the elderly to carefully step over and cross the obstruction.
• Strengthening
Start with a dumbbell that weighs between 1 and 2 kg. In the absence of a dumbbell, they can also
utilize a full water bottle.
Why choose Athulya?
• Design for Aging is a unique idea that helps seniors to prevent falls and enjoy senior living to the
fullest extent possible by developing senior-friendly residences.
Noteworthy Senior Centric Amenities
• Well-lit rooms for better vision
• Grab rails along the corridors
• Slip proof floorings
• Senior-friendly infrastructure
Conclusion
• The elderly are an amazing and beloved part of all of our lives. Always inspire them, encourage
them to interact with others, and indulge in their interests. Having a safe environment in their
home and receiving moral support will help them avoid falls to a great extent.

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Importance of fall prevention for elderly

  • 1. Importance of fall prevention for elderly
  • 2. Introduction Seniors' falls are seen as an epidemic. In light of this fact, it is one of the major reasons for the poor quality of life, impairment in seniors, and occasionally even mortality. Numbers Don't Lie: Senior Fall Rates • India is one of the nations with the highest annual rate of senior fall injuries. • The majority of fatal falls occur in those over the age of 60. • Each year, there are 37.3 million falls that are serious enough to need medical attention. • Over 80% of the estimated 684 000 people who die from falls each year around the world live in low- and middle-income nations.
  • 3. Why Do Elderly People Fall? • Deterioration of Fitness • Reduced vision • Effects of medications • Chronic Conditions • Surgical Techniques • Environment-related risks A fall rarely happens for just one of the listed causes. A serious, even fatal, injury may result when any of these elements come together.
  • 4. Things to prevent falls • Ask your doctor to review your prescriptions. As you age, your body's response to medications may alter. You could fall if you are made drowsy or lightheaded by a certain medication combination. If you stumble, fear falling, or have other unsteadiness, inform your healthcare professional right away. • Improve your strength and balance by exercising. Your risk of falling is reduced by exercises that strengthen your legs and enhance balance. Additionally, it makes you feel healthier and more certain.
  • 5. Things to prevent falls • Get your feet and eyes checked. Your risk of falling can rise if you have poor vision. Additionally, have your feet examined by your doctor once a year. Discuss appropriate footwear and enquire about the thought of visiting a foot doctor. • Secure your home. Put non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower. As you age, stronger lights are recommended for clear vision. Increase the lighting in your home and hang sheer curtains or window coverings to reduce glare. Put on a pair of cozy, supportive shoes for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • 6. What physical activities can help avoid falls? • Walking in a straight line Ask the elderly person to walk down a straight line that has been drawn, with the physiotherapist, caregiver, or family member standing behind them to provide support as needed. • Obstacle walking Place tiny things, such as a small pillow or a towel wrapped up, at regular intervals along a straight path. Ask the elderly to carefully step over and cross the obstruction. • Strengthening Start with a dumbbell that weighs between 1 and 2 kg. In the absence of a dumbbell, they can also utilize a full water bottle.
  • 7. Why choose Athulya? • Design for Aging is a unique idea that helps seniors to prevent falls and enjoy senior living to the fullest extent possible by developing senior-friendly residences. Noteworthy Senior Centric Amenities • Well-lit rooms for better vision • Grab rails along the corridors • Slip proof floorings • Senior-friendly infrastructure
  • 8. Conclusion • The elderly are an amazing and beloved part of all of our lives. Always inspire them, encourage them to interact with others, and indulge in their interests. Having a safe environment in their home and receiving moral support will help them avoid falls to a great extent.