Falls are a very common problem for elderly people in Indiana. As we age, our bodies begin to show the signs of the years, and we may not be as limber and quick on our feet. Sometimes, the natural progression of aging plays against us when it comes to being stable on our feet, which increases the risks for falls. Furthermore, there are other aspects of getting older that can also lead to an increased fall risk.
The American Family Physician explains that falls happen to everyone of every age, but they are often more severe in older people due to a natural weakening of the bones and the inability to reestablish stability and prevent severe falls. There are certain signs that you may be more at risk of a fall than everyone else. By recognizing these signs, you and your caregiver can better prepare you to avoid falls.
When assessing your risk, a caregiver will generally begin by looking into your history. If you have a fall in your past or you are on medications that can cause dizziness or other stability issues, then that increases your risk for a severe fall.
Your physical state also is something to consider. If you are unsteady when you walk or stand, you have a lack of strength or balance or you have vision problems, these all increase your risk of a fall. In addition, if you already use a walker or a cane, this is a risk factor. Finally, foot problems are also something to cause concern. This information is for education and is not legal advice.