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Muscles generally lose strength and flexibility as you age—which is why all adults are at risk of falling. Many falls are linked to physical conditions, medical problems, or safety hazards in your home. You may be at risk of falling if you answer yes to any of these 3 questions:
A fear of falling is common as people get older. That’s because a fall can lead to a serious injury and a loss of independence. But it’s important to stay active. Many people who fall, even if they aren’t injured, develop a fear of falling. Limiting physical activity due to a fear of falling can lead to a loss of physical mobility and actually increase your risk of falling.
If you fall, talk to your doctor right away, even if you aren’t hurt. Many causes of falls can be treated or prevented. Some medications can make you dizzy and cause you to fall. It may be as simple as adjusting a medication or doing some basic exercises. Your doctor may recommend vitamin D to help improve bone, muscle, and nerve health.
Staying active helps improve your strength and balance, and reduces your risk of falling. Examples of helpful exercises include stretching to improve balance, yoga to increase flexibility, and walking, climbing stairs, or cycling to improve lower body strength. Tai chi is an especially good activity for improving balance. (You can use your $150 Wellness Allowance to join a tai chi class!)
Poor vision or conditions like glaucoma and cataracts can increase your chances of falling. Have your eyes checked annually and update your eyeglasses if necessary. You are covered for an annual exam and you can save up to $150 on eyeglasses or contact lenses each year!
Simple changes to your home can help reduce your risk of falling: