NYT – Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/health/falls-elderly-prevention-deaths.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2735063?guestAccessKey=df56bbcc-17ca-47b0-986f-77bf6d03962e&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=060419

  •  for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016
    • 111 per 100,000 people
  • measures to help prevent a fall
    • Exercise – 20 minutes a day
    • Careful with medications – some can compromise balance
    • Re-accessorize
      • Avoid bifocal/progressive lenses when walking outside
      • Footwear – avoid anything a foot slides into – all shoes should have a back, good tread
      • Use can/walker
    • Eliminate tripping hazards
      • Keep a light on at night
    • Bathroom breaks
      • Hydration significant help to avoid dizziness – lots of water throughout day
      • Don’t wait till desperate to go
      • Frequent bathroom trips also have added advantage of the sit/stand is good exercise for balance

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