What YOU can do to Prevent Falls: STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)

What YOU can do to Prevent Falls STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)

Four Things YOU can do to prevent falls:

  1. Talk openly with your healthcare provider about fall risks & prevention:

Tell a provider right away if you fall, worry about falling or feel unsteady. Have you doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you 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 cause you to fall. Ask your provider about taking vitamin D supplements to improve bone, muscle and nerve health.

2. Exercise to improve your balance and strength:

Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger, lower your chances of falling. It also helps you feel better and more confident. An example of this kind of exercise is Tai Chi. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about the best type of exercise program for you.

Talk to your doctor about fall prevention.

3. Have your eyes and feet checked.

Once a year, check with your eye doctor and update your eyeglasses, if needed. You may have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. Also, have your healthcare provider check your feet once a year. Discuss proper footwear and ask whether seeing a foot specialist is advised.

4. 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 and inside the tub and next to the toilet.

*Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.

*Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hand light weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.

*Have handrails and light installed on all staircases.

*Wear well-fitting shoes with good support inside and outside the house.

Many falls can be prevented.

By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.

Four things you can do to prevent falls:

*Have your healthcare provider review your medicines.

*Exercise to improve your balance and strength.

*Have your eyes and feet checked.

*Make your home safer.

For more information, contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1-(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit http://www.ced.gov/steadi

For information about fall prevention, visit go.use.gov/xN9XA.

For more information about hypotension, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/www.webmd.com.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the STEADI pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please call the above number or email for more information.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to What YOU can do to Prevent Falls: STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call the above number if you are having problems of falls.

    Liked by 1 person

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