Senior Impact

Falls Prevention
Hamilton County, Ohio (which is basically Cincinnati) has for years commissioned a task force to study the cause of falls and to help seniors reduce their risk of falls. As I'm sure many of you know, taking appropriate steps to helps seniors prevent falls is an important issue, and one which really deserves more attention.

The Fall Prevention Task Force web site has a vast database of information for seniors and caregivers to help prevent falling. Many are practical tips that everyone can employ. Some things they recommend are:

Use Caution on Slippery or Uneven Surfaces

Don't Rush! Take your time, especially when getting out of bed or standing up if you have been lying down or sitting for an extended period of time.

See a Physical or Occupational Therapist if you are afraid of falling. These visits are covered by Medicaid and Medicare if you are referred by a physician.

Wear proper clothing and footwear. This includes shorter pants, skirts and bathrobes, supportive rubber soled, low heels. Thick rubber soles increase the risk of falling because it is harder to feel the ground below your feet.

There are many, many more helpful articles and tips. I encourage anyone who is a senior or may be caring for an older adult to visit their website.

http://www.fallpreventiontaskforce.org/
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