Ogden House would like to introduce Vee Cecil who has been kind enough to write a guest post for Ogden House. Vee is passionate about fitness, nutrition and her family. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and two children, where she is a personal trainer, bootcamp instructor and wellness coach. She recently launched a blog where she shares information on how to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.
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4 Tips for Taking Action to Reduce Your Risk of Tumbling
By Vee Cecil
More and more seniors ages 65 and older are choosing to live in their own homes. This is a wonderful accomplishment for individuals and couples in this age bracket who wish to maintain their independence. Unfortunately, there are also risk factors involved with living alone, such as injuries from falling.
Every year, there are more than 37 million falls that occur worldwide that require medical attention for subsequent afflictions like broken bones or internal organ damage. The good news is that there are a lot of actions you can take to protect yourself. Here are a few key factors in reducing your risk:
Consider helpful home modifications. There are many changes you can make in your home that can help you live more comfortably and cut your chances of taking a tumble. This article discusses some of the larger home repairs you can make, such as installing outdoor ramps in place of stairs, and some smaller accommodations, such as easy-to-grab handlebar doorknobs instead of round ones.
Take good care of your physical health. Having a strong body and healthy heart will reduce your risk of falling, and better enable your body to recover if you do. This article demonstrates how swimming in particular is a great form of exercise for seniors. It’s low-impact, but still serves as an excellent way to tone and strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and burn fat to help you stay at a healthy weight, which are all critical factors in decreasing your odds of a fall. Additionally, HealthLine.com offers suggestions on how to maintain a nutritious diet.
Manage your medication wisely. Unfortunately, some prescriptions have risks such as dizziness and drowsiness, and may make it difficult for you to function properly. Make sure you stick to your correct dosages to avoid some of these side effects, and always speak up to your doctor if you feel your medication is affecting your ability to move around safely.
Have someone nearby who you can reach out to for help. If you aren’t feeling well and worry you may take a misstep that could lead to a fall, it is vital to have someone you can contact that can come over to assist you. Additionally, if you do fall, it is potentially lifesaving to have a nearby confidante who can hurry over and call your doctor or an ambulance if needed. So, try to have access to a phone in as many rooms as possible.
Falls are an important topic of concern for seniors, but the fear of them shouldn’t discourage you from living your life however you choose to. By taking the proper precautions, you will enjoy a safe and healthy life in the comfort of your very own home.
Vee Cecil is passionate about fitness, nutrition and her family. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and two children, where she is a personal trainer, bootcamp instructor and wellness coach. She recently launched a blog where she shares information on how to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Ogden House would like to thank Vee for her time and information, hopefully our members can find it helpful and don’t forget to visit Vee’s blog for more articles! If you or someone you know would like to write a blog post for Ogden House please contact us with your topic.