Primary Health Care - Falls Prevention
Many people believe that falls are an issue for someone else. “It won’t happen to me” is a common response – one many of us may have even heard from one of our own family members. Research shows that one in three people aged 65 years and over will fall each year, and that half of these individuals will fall more than once. This increases to one in two for those aged 80 and older. Falls can be prevented and staying mobile and independent are important parts of healthy aging.
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Saskatchewan people of all ages value their independence. The opportunity to live at home or in an environment of their own choosing is key to a happy and productive life.
The Five Hills Health Region is taking part in the provincial Falls Prevention Strategy and has developed the One Step Ahead information package to avoid falls.
Do you have a fear of falling? Click here to take the Fear of Falling Quiz!
Are you at risk of falling? Click here to take the Risk of Falling Quiz!
Home Safety Checklist
Staying safe means watching for things that can cause you to fall. These “fall hazards” can be in your home, in other buildings or around the community. Be a “Fall Detective” and use this checklist to help you make areas in your home safer. Click here.
Check Your Feet
Foot problems can upset your balance and change the way you walk. This can increase your risk of falling. Common foot problems such as corns, calluses, bunions and thick or ingrown toenails can be treated by a foot doctor. Combining unsafe footwear with foot problems and the risk of falling is even greater! Click here for tips.
Check Your Vision
Over time, changes take place in your eyes that can affect your eye-sight. Your eyes may take longer to adjust from dark to light OR from light to dark. You may develop blurred vision or eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma. All of these can increase your risk of falling.
Some people think that if they can read the headlines in a newspaper or watch TV, their eyesight is fine. Eyesight changes may still cause you to fall by misjudging the depth of a step or not seeing objects on the floor. Click here for tips.
Manage Your Health
Health conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, blood pressure problems and flu or cold symptoms can make you feel weak and limit your activity. Any change in your health can increase your risk of falling. You can make a difference by taking control of your health conditions. Click here for tips.
Manage Your Medications
All medicines have side effects and some side effects can increase your risk of falling. The side effects will be different from person to person. They can also change when different medicines are given together. For this reason, it is important for you to understand how different medicines may affect you. Click here for tips.
Walking tall is about moving around while keeping your body upright and straight. Over time, changes may take place in the way you walk. These changes may be loss of strength in the leg muscles, poor flexibility and loss of strength in the upper body and back which can cause you to lean forward. All of these can put you at risk of falling. Click here for tips.
Safety Tips for Winter Walking
It can be a challenge to get out during the winter months due to the cold temperatures, snow and ice. A single fall can cause a serious injury, but a few simple tips can help you stay safe, healthy and active through a long Saskatchewan Winter. Click here for tips.
Eat Well for Life
Eating healthy and staying active keeps you healthy throughout your life. Not eating well or skipping meals can make you eel dizzy, weak, light headed, or cause you to not think as clearly, all of which can put you at risk of falling. Click here for tips.
The best thing to keep you from falling is to stay physically active. Physical activity keeps your muscles and bones strong, improves your balance, and keeps you connected with people. Ask your doctor or healthcare professional about the best exercise program for you. Click here for tips.
Facts courtesy of Safe Saskatchewan Seniors’ Falls Injury Prevention Strategy. Visit www.safesask.com to read the strategy and see more information.