Issues That Increase Fall Risk For Seniors
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Issues That Increase Fall Risk For Seniors

It’s common knowledge that as our bodies age, everyday tasks can become more difficult due to the loss of coordination, flexibility, and muscle tone. A doctor should always keep an eye on how a senior is aging physically so they can help them take any preventative measures that may be necessary.

However, there are a few issues that can compound the general effects of aging and increase falls risk. Fortunately, there are things you can do to combat these risk:

Various Medications

All medications have side effects, but two of the most common – dizziness and vision loss – can be especially harmful to seniors who may already be at risk of falling. Take the time to come up with a plan with a senior involving their medication, such as breaking things down by the time of day in which they should take their medicine, as well as how much they need to take to minimize risk as much as possible. If a medication is causing severe dizziness, consult their doctor to see if there is a different medication they can take instead.

 

Hearing/Vision Loss

Regardless of when hearing or vision loss has actually started to affect someone who suffers from it, these types of conditions should always be very closely monitored. Not only are they a quality of life risk, both can drastically increase the risk of a senior falling and injuring themselves since they may not see trip hazards as clearly or hear a warning from a family member.

 

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