It’s something we all value, especially as we grow older and health concerns may begin to limit our activities. One simple way you can help protect your independence is by reducing your risk of slips and falls. Older Canadians have a high risk of falling. Every year, one in three Canadians over age 65 will fall – often with serious consequences. Injuries such as hip, wrist and pelvic fractures are common in this age group and can have a lasting impact on quality of life.
There are easy things you can do to help prevent falls. Most falls happen in the home so that is the first place to start taking precautions. Your physical health is also important. Talk to a health professional, such as a chiropractor, about evaluating your health risks. A few steps of prevention can help you stay safely on your feet.
Top Tips for Preventing Falls
Reduce clutter and loose rugs in the home
• Ensure easy transfers in and out of the shower or bath
• Wear supportive, non-slip footwear
• Have your eyesight and hearing checked every year
• Exercise regularly
• Have your medications evaluated
• Have your strength and balance tested
Ontario’s chiropractors are here to help
Ontario’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 prevention.
You can obtain tip sheets developed by the Ontario Chiropractic Association that provide straightforward advice on how to reduce hazards in your home and how to improve your strength and balance. Ask your chiropractor or visit www.chiropractic.on.ca for public education materials.