Many falls can be prevented. By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.
Four things YOU can do to prevent falls:
1. Begin a regular exercise program Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. It makes you strongter and helps you feel better. Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
2. Have your health care provider review your medicines. Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines hyou take, even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.
3. Have your vision checked Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
4. Make your home safer About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk. Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping. Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool. Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower. Use non-slip mats in the bath tub and on shower floors. Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare. Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases. Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
Introducing Blindness Learning For Seniors
Are you losing your sight as the years progress? Is this making it difficult for you to do some of the activities that are important to you? Let us introduce some practical and empowering assistance.
Blind, Inc. in Minneapolis offers a small group class of blindness learning for seniors. This group fosters a supportive learning environment for men and women over the age of 55 who are losing their eyesight. The purpose is to help seniors learn skills to help them managing their own lives.
Classes focus on skills that assist seniors to continue living independently. The instructor leads the group in discovering how seniors can cook safely at home, learn to read and write in Braille and use a white cane to travel independently. Seniors are also introduced to using computers with synthesized speech programs.
Classes meet once per week for 12 weeks and will be offered in the NE community.
For more information, contact Lori Brown at Blind Inc. 612-872-0100; or call NE Seniors at 612-781-5096.
Our Mission: Helping Seniors Live Independently With Dignity Phone: 612-781-5096