Public education to help prevent the elderly from falling inside the home has been successful but new studies point to a misstep. There’s not enough education about preventing falls outside.
Research also shows that:
Indoor falls are more likely to be associated with inactivity and a greater number of health problems, while
Outdoor falls are more likely
to be associated with higher levels of activity and average or better-than-
So, what to do about falls prevention?
A shortlist for indoor prevention:
- Consult your pharmacist about ways to make your home safer
- If you take medication, sit down with your pharmacist for a Medscheck
A shortlist for outdoor prevention:
- Consult your pharmacist about possible ways to help you outside
- Choose footwear designed for the season
- Consult your optometrist about wearing single vision glasses
- Be cautious around curbs and stairs
- Avoid looking at your cellphone while walking
- Be aware that parking lots and garages rank as common fall locations