Keep Seniors Independent by Preventing Falls
New York Family Practioner, Dr. Vincent Ibelli of Orangetown Family Practice
and Highland Medical, PC shares how seniors can reduce their risk of falls.
Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and are the leading cause of injury deaths for older Americans. One-third of Americans ages 65 and older fall each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many older adults limit their activities because they are fearful of falling. This can result in social isolation, depression, and feeling helpless, and can contribute to physical decline.
Learn how to protect yourself or your elderly loved ones from dangerous falls by taking some simple steps, and making adjustments in the home.
The first step in preventing falls is to make an appointment with your doctor to review your medications. Some drugs, such as sedatives, can cause side effects that increase the risk of falling. Tell your doctor about any dizziness, numbness, joint pain, or shortness of breath when you walk.
Exercise, such as walking or swimming, can reduce the risk of falls by improving your strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Your doctor can recommend a safe exercise program for you, or refer you to a physical therapist who will design a custom program tailored to your needs.
Other tips to reduce falls include:
Incorporating these steps and increasing awareness of your surroundings will help keep you safe.
About Nyack Hospital
Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas.