Injury Prevention Tips for Older Adults

There are many things you can do to prevent a fall:

  • Physical activity: Maintain a regular exercise program. Exercise improves balance, coordination, muscle strength and bone density. Tthe Utah Arthritis Program offers several fitness-based classes designed to increase cardio work, strength, and balance. These strategies not only lessen arthritis pain but may help prevent falls. Visit the Utah Athritis Program website or call 801-538-9340 for locations and times of the classes.
  • Home safety: Remove tripping hazards. Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower. Install handrails on both sides of all stairs and steps. Make sure there is adequate lighting in all areas of the house. Install night-lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
  • Medication screening and management: Ask your doctor to review all medicines to reduce side effects and interactions. Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and stored in a well-lit area. Take medications on schedule according to instructions.
  • Vision Screening: Have an eye doctor check your vision each year. Wear glasses if you need them, but remove reading glasses before you walk.
  • Diet and nutrition: Eat breakfast every morning. Skipping a meal could make you dizzy. Maintain a diet with adequate dietary calcium and vitamin D. This is very important to prevent osteoporosis – a major cause of fragile bones. Avoid excessive alcohol intake.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from family or friends to help you stay safe. Together, you can live a healthy, injury-free life.

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