Take steps to prevent falls
Colleen McCurry, MD practices at Boscobel Clinic
Each year in the United States, more than one-third of adults over the age of 65 fall. Falls can result in moderate to severe injury, or even death. While all falls cannot be prevented, it is a good idea to examine your own living environment or that of a loved one to make sure the area is safe.
Colleen McCurry, MD, at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics offers the following tips to help prevent falls indoors and outdoors:
- Keep walk areas that lead in and out of the living environment free of debris or other objects.
- Pay attention to footwear. Choose shoes that do not have a slippery bottom and that provide good ankle support.
- During the winter, shovel sidewalks and driveways and spread sand or salt on pavement to reduce slippery patches of ice.
- Make sure walkways inside and outside the home are well lit. Double check that handrails are securely fastened, and be sure to use them whether walking up or down stairs.
- Have a discussion with a healthcare provider to review the list of medications you are currently taking to make sure none are interacting and increasing the risk of dizziness or loss of balance.
- Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine in order to improve strength and flexibility. Walking, cleaning the house, shopping, running errands and doing gentle stretches are excellent ways to keep the body healthy. Consult a healthcare provider before engaging in new physical activities.
For more information, talk with your primary care provider.
Colleen McCurry, MD of Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics sees patients in Boscobel. To make an appointment with Dr. McCurry, please call (608) 375-4144.