Fall In Elderly

Ismat Khoja
Ismat Khoja

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Did you ever trip?⁣

No? I don't believe you! 🤷‍♀️ Yes!! ⁣ Anyone can fall, but older adults are at a higher risk. Specially the ones who are inactive or have some underlying health condition. ⁣ ⁣ Falls are pretty common, with or without injury. But did you know the extent of injury can cause fractures & head injuries leading to hospitalisation. Elderly usually lose their confidence and become dependent in performing the activities of daily living such a toileting, bathing, walking.⁣ ⁣ The risk factors for fall can be due to :⁣ ⁣ 🔸 Balance & coordination problem⁣ 🔸Poor vision ⁣ 🔸Hypotension ⁣ 🔸Reduce muscle strength⁣ 🔸Reduce mobility ⁣ ⁣ Fall can also be due to environmental factors like:⁣ ⁣ 🔸Wet floors⁣ 🔸Poor lighting in the room⁣ 🔸Loose carpets and rugs⁣ ⁣ Medications such as sedatives and people who consume alcohol are also at a great risk of fall. ⁣ ⁣ We can prevent these falls and reduce the social, economical and emotional burden on the elderly by taking few measures:⁣ ⁣ 🔹Using non slippery mats ⁣ 🔹Lit the rooms well ⁣ 🔹Adding railing in the bathroom⁣ ⁣ Adding to these measure, ⁣ ⁣ 🔹An elderly should start moderate intensity physical activities which might include walking or swimming. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹As per the guidelines by ACSM, 150 mins/week for 5 days of moderate activity should be sufficient. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹Along with these aerobic exercises, resistance training using weights will help in improving the muscle strength and bone health. ⁣ ⁣ 🔹Balance & coordination exercises should also be a part of exercise routine. ⁣ ⁣ Make sure your exercise routine is well planned by a physiotherapist or an expert taking care of all the other possible aches & pains associated with age.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⚠️Disclaimer Alert: This health information is for general education purposes only. Always consult with your doctor or other health professional to get yourself clinically diagnosed & treated. ⁣⚠️⁣ ⁣ #daactarni⁣ ⁣

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