According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May is Older Americans Month Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. If you, or a loved one, are over the age of 65, there are some simple things you can do to prevent falling and becoming injured.
Make Your Home Safer
• Get rid of things you could trip over.
• Add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet.
• Put railings on both sides of stairs.
• Make sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.
Talk to Your Healthcare Providers
• Ask your healthcare provider in the Physical Therapy department at Ringgold County Hospital to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do. They may recommend that you do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance.