Falling can cause injuries at any time in a person’s life. However, as we age, falling becomes a bigger worry in our day-to-day lives. You may be wondering if you’re at risk for injury from a fall, and luckily, there are are some signs you can look out for ahead of time. Let’s discuss them in a bit more detail so you’re prepared.
One factor that may increase your chances of falling is if you’re out of shape. Our bodies weaken over time with age, so it’s essential to keep up your health throughout your life. Muscles and bones both can weaken, which means you’re at greater risk for injury from a fall. To combat these side effects of aging, you could consider partaking in classes to build your strength. My “Senior Fitness” program can help older folks with agility, strength training, and balance.
You Take Four or More Medications Daily
Taking four or more prescription medications on a daily basis is linked with an increased risk of falling, and consequently, a greater risk of injury from a fall. The main reason for this is that medications can have side effects that can lead to falls. If you’re taking four or more prescriptions each day, you may want to talk to your doctor to be sure you aren’t putting yourself at high risk of injury from a fall.
If You Have Difficulty Standing Up From a Chair
Do you struggle at times to stand up after sitting in a chair? If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or experience blurry vision after standing up, you may have low blood pressure. The side effects involved with low blood pressure can cause people to fall and injure themselves. If you’re experiencing these types of symptoms, talk to your doctor about what you can do.
While injury can occur from falling, it doesn’t have to happen. The best way to keep yourself safe from the risk of injury from a fall is to do your best to stay healthy and fit. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you build strength in your Golden Years, contact me today for a complimentary session.