November is Fall Prevention Month
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November is Fall Prevention Month

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Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. For example, poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, and unsafe conditions in and around your room can increase your chances of falling. Staying safe and on your feet is a matter of taking steps to protect yourself.

What can you do to help prevent falls?


Are you exercising?
The most important thing you can do to prevent falls is to stay strong. Try to increase your activity levels so you exercise each day. Walking, fishing, gardening, tai chi – whatever you enjoy. Use a walking aid to help you if you need it.

When was the last time you had your eyes checked?
Vision is an important part of balance. Good vision helps to prevent falls. If you are over the age of 65, have your vision checked every year, or more frequently if your doctor recommends it.

Is clutter putting you at risk?
If you have clutter on the floor in your room, it can make it more difficult to stay on your feet. Make sure there is nothing in your path.

Are you taking care of your health?
It’s important to properly manage your health issues. Remember, some medications can cause dizziness on their own, or when mixed with others. Always take your medications as directed and if you are taking more than two medications, ask your doctor to review them for you. 

Are you eating a variety of foods every day?
Vitamin D and calcium help to keep your bones strong. Calcium is in salmon, spinach, stinging nettle, plantains and sesame seeds.  Silica (for bone health) is in celery, cucumber, stinging nettle, wild asparagus and horse tail. Vitamin D is in salmon, egg yolks and sunshine. You may want to talk to your doctor about supplements.

Gibson Family Health Care is proud to support Fall Prevention Month. To learn more, please go to http://fallpreventionmonth.ca/

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