Senior Citizen's Guide to PIttsburgh 2014 Vol. 1 Winter/Spring - page 22

Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Pittsburgh
are drugs that make you dizzy or lightheaded.
Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent fall-
related injuries. For example, resistance training can
help improve muscle strength and coordination, thereby
significantly reducing the risk of injury. A good fall
prevention exercise program will also include exercises
for posture and flexibility. For those with difficulty
standing for prolonged periods, many of these exercises
can be adapted for the chair.
If your house or apartment presents a danger due to
the way it’s furnished, rearrange the household items
to make a clearer path when walking between rooms.
There are many bathroom and home safety kits that can
also help with stability. Some safety items may even
be covered under some insurance plans. If throw rugs
tend to bunch up or slip when you walk, secure them
with double sided tape. Make sure handrails near steps
are secure. Consider purchasing a good pair of walking
shoes with proper treading. For those with balance
issues, a cane can help stabilize and prevent falls. There
are many different types of canes with varying grips and
tips to choose from so ask your doctor for suggestions.
What to do if you fall:
Stay calm and remain still for a few moments to
stabilize yourself. If you think you can get up safely roll
onto your side and get up slowly using your hands and
knees or to a sitting position. If you are hurt or can’t get
up on your own, ask someone for help or call 9-1-1. For
those who live by themselves, it may be wise to invest
in an emergency at home response system so if you
need emergency assistance at any time, help is as close
as a push of a button. Today’s emergency response
devices are subtle and worn like a necklace or bracelet.
Provided by Gateway Health
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