Skip to main content

Prevent Senior Falls

06/22/2015 12:23PM, Published by Aubray Onderik, Categories: SENIOR LIVING



It’s a sobering statistic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three older adults over age 65 falls each year, but less than half are expected to bring their accident to the attention of a healthcare provider.

            “A fall by an older adult is a warning sign as it is typically considered a symptom of another issue,” said Dr. Carolyn Clevenger of Emory University, president-elect of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA).

            As people age, they may feel the effects of natural aging. They could experience stiff joints, poor eyesight and decreased muscle strength along with poor balance. These effects, along with chronic conditions, can increase their potential risk of falling.

Think about your senior’s environment and consider these tips:

·         Remove clutter from pathways.

·         Arrange furniture to make rooms easy to navigate.

·         Allow enough space to walk around furniture.

·         Remove or secure throw rugs.

·         Encourage seniors to wear shoes with non-slip soles.

·         Ask seniors to avoid walking in stocking feet on wood floors.

·         Organize the house so items used most frequently are at waist level, minimizing the need to bend or climb.

·         Apply high-contrast colored tape to the top and bottom of stairs and thresholds.

·         Use a night-light and/or leave a light on in the bathroom and stairways, to help reduce the risk of falls in the dark.

·         Encourage seniors to use handrails.

·         Allow plenty of time for activities and tasks.

One potential problem for older adults is inactivity. Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this factor can increase the older adult’s potential chance of falling. Exercise programs such as Tai Chi can help to increase strength and improve balance, making falls less likely.







Senior Living SENIOR LIVING


  • Tai Chi for Health

    09/19/2017
    10:00AM

    Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. ...


  • Breathe Easy: Sinus Seminar

    09/19/2017
    05:30PM — 07:00PM

    Dr. Edward Dickerson, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon, will ...


  • Come spend an evening creating a gorgeous Fowl Feather wreath perfect for the Fall season! Gather...


  • Yoga and Wine

    09/19/2017
    07:15PM — 08:15PM

    back to school can be stressful and we know you will need a little break to re-energize! sip, ...


  • Murchison Road Farmers Market

    09/20/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, and herbs are sold at this weekly market, located across from the...


  • Beth Moore Simulcast

    09/23/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    <Fayetteville, NC>– <September 23, 2017>– LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries...


  • Everybody's favorite trip around the world...for free! Parade of Nations, live performances, auth...


  • Pop Up Flower Shot

    09/23/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    The owners of Gathered will be in to help you build your own bouquets or pick from thoughtfully p...


  • Hay Bale Festival

    09/23/2017
    06:00PM — 10:00PM

    Our Hay Bale Festival is not to be missed! Enjoy hay rides and our special Hay Bale Obstacle/ Cha...


  • Kensie Royale

    09/23/2017
    08:00PM — 12:00AM

    The purpose of this event is to raise funds to support stillbirth research, promote education a...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

CityView Facebook
CityView Family Facebook