In “Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation”, New York Times writer Katie Hafner examines those frightening statistics and provides a series of fascinating videos that demonstrate the
visual acuity of the aging eye and how easily falls can occur through misperception.
Older adults can reduce their chances of falling by taking a few protective measures. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recommends having a yearly eye exam by an optometrist and discussing any new medications with a pharmacist to identify those that may cause side effects of dizziness or drowsiness. Adequate calcium and vitamin D is important for bone health and both the CDC and NCOA promote regular exercise as the most important action older adults can take to help prevent hospitalization and loss of independence from fall-related injuries.
Additionally, during our no-charge Complementary Professional Assessment, an experienced Eldercare Services Care Manager can complete a free home safety check – which could point out some potential dangers to you or a family member. Don’t risk a fatal fall! Call Eldercare Services today at 866.760.1808 for more information.