The Good News – Falls Can Be Prevented

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. March 02, 2016

The Good News – Falls Can Be Prevented

According to AARP, over 90 percent of seniors want to remain living independently in their own home. Simply put – seniors do not want to move. Almost every senior wants to live in his or her home for as long as possible. So how can we focus on senior safety while keeping our seniors happy and prevent falls in their own homes?

Nine in ten people age 70 and over currently live in conventional housing. Yet, this housing was designed and constructed with little or no thought to mobility, accessibility or safety concerns of seniors. Trying to navigate stairs, slippery bath tubs and poorly lit walkways, millions of seniors suffer falls and resulting injuries each year.

The good news, as offered by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, is that older adults can remain independent and reduce the chances of falling by:

  • Exercising regularly- It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  • Asking your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Having your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update your eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  • Making your home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, improving the lighting and many, many other options.

With this good news – we welcome you to Safety in Place.

*Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!




Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.

Author

Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.