For older adults, a fall can be a devastating, even life-changing, event, which is why preventing falls is extremely important. Being cautious as you walk is good, but preventing dangerous falls takes more than caution, especially for frail individuals.
Being physically fit and strong is the best way to help prevent falls. According to Judy A. Stevens of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for those older adults who do fall, “If you’re in better physical condition, you’re less likely to be injured.” Regular exercise, including balance drills, can help seniors gain the muscle strength needed to prevent a fall.
This article provides some helpful tips on how to help older loved ones stay strong and safe in the home.