Falls can happen to anyone, but if you’re over 65, a fall can be especially devastating. According to the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention, which provides up-to-date, research-based protocol for clinical and community settings. In an effort to extend this message of caution and save our senior citizens from falls, Rep. Themis Klarides attended the “Keeping Woodbridge Residents on Their Feet” event at the Woodbridge Senior Center.
Following a special lunch served by the Senior Center, representatives from American Medical Response and VNA Community Healthcare began a presentation on how falls happen, and how they can be prevented.
According to the program, falls are the number one cause of accidental injury in CT residents aged 55 and over. An older adult seeks emergency services because of a fall every 18 seconds. For that reason, senior citizens are encouraged to seek help. Even the proper use of a cane can aid in getting seniors up and moving about safely. Because increased mobility leads to stronger, balanced bodies, recommended forms of exercise include Tai Chi, Yoga and Dance.
Seniors were also advised to be aware of the following potential fall causes:
- Difficulty walking, getting up or sitting down.
- Losing their balance.
- Taking four or more medications on a regular basis.
- Drops in blood pressures and dizziness.
- Problems with vision, hearing, numbness in feet, memory and confusion.
- Foot pain and ill-fitting shoes.
- Hazards at home.
To safeguard against these dangers, it was suggested that seniors seek sturdy shoes with a high-grip sole, talk with their doctor about shortening prescription lists, replace unsteady furniture and remove obtrusive furniture, and make sure all aspects of their environments are visible at all times by turning on lights, taking a moment to observe, and keeping glasses clean.
In addition to Fall Prevention, the VNA is available to help regarding the following services:
- Benefits or entitlements.
- Medical Alarm services, such as MobileHelp (1-800-800-1710).
- Private care.
- Community services.
- Support groups.
For further information, questions, or concerns, speak to a nurse at 1-866-862-0888 or visit ConnecticutHomecare.org.
For more on Fall Prevention, please visit www.fallprevention.org.
The VNA HelpLine is also available toll free at 1-866-474-5230.