Thursday, November 3, 2022

Preventing Falls

Anyone can fall, but the risk of slips and trips increases as you get older. 🧓

DYK - Every year 1 in 3 Canadians over 65 will fall – often with serious consequences. ⚠ Hip, wrist and pelvic fractures are common in this age group and can take a toll on independence and quality of life. 🏥 The good news is there are many simple things you can do to prevent a fall.

Check out these tips for simple things you can do to stay safely on your feet:

▶ Remove your reading glasses when you are walking. Always slip them off before you take a step. 👓

▶ Never climb on a chair or stool to reach something. Always ask for assistance. 🪑

▶ If you have a pet such as a cat or dog, consider putting a bell or reflector on its collar. It’s easy to stumble across an affectionate or sleeping pet that’s in your path. 🐕

▶ Take your time. If you frequently find yourself rushing to pick-up the phone, consider investing in a cordless phone that you can keep near you. Don’t rush to answer the door. The visitor will wait. 🚪

▶ Always sit down to put on or take off shoes and clothing. Place a chair or bench near the entranceway. 👞

▶ Keep hallways and stairs free of children’s toys. ⚽

▶ Wear shoes or slippers with non-slip soles indoors. That means you might have to give up that pair of loose, comfy slippers with the worn soles. 🥿

▶ Ask for help if you need it. Most people like to lend a hand. ✋

Canada’s chiropractors are committed to reducing injury and disability from falls. A Doctor of Chiropractic can test your strength, steadiness and balance – and give you advice on exercise, nutrition and falls prevention.  👍

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