Myths Surrounding Elderly Falls

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on September 22, 2015 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
Updated on April 25, 2024

elderly patient getting helpAs an adult child of an elderly parent, you may believe that falls are typical of seniors and there is not much you can do to prevent them. There are steps you can take to ensure your loved one is at less risk for falling like checking their vision, making their living space safer and medication management.

In celebration of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day this fall, let us understand five common myths about falls in the elderly:

Limiting activity prevents falls Restricting social activities and staying at home will prevent falls. This is false. Staying active may assist in preventing falls, along with boosting health.

Walking aids do not help By properly using a walking aid, aging adults might be able to keep their independence and increase their range of mobility. Just be sure to have a physical therapist give instructions on how to use an aid safely and have the aid fitted to you.

Falling happens to others, not me Falling can happen to anyone. Approximately 12 million older adults fall annually in the United States.

Falling and aging are synonymous Falling does not have to be typical of getting older. Making sure medications are administered properly, exercising and ensuring vision is good are steps that might prevent falls.

I dont want to talk to my family about my falling risk If your loved one is concerned about falling, encourage them to speak to family, a physician and anyone else who may help. Let them know that you and their medical team want to prevent falls and assist them in remaining mobile.

If you or your aging loved one is injured by a fall due to someones negligence, contact an injury lawyer Milwaukee, WI at PKSD.

Call  414-333-3333 to schedule your free case evaluation today.

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