Ismat Khoja

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Fall In Elderly

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⁣ ⁣

Shankar Pillai

loved ur father suffers from PSP(a type of Parkinson's Disease) and this is one of the symptoms...u can't balance urself....though now we have learnt to live with it....but intially to see him fall was really disheartening.....i used to always each fall would be denting his self esteem.....worst part is thers no cure for the's just progressive....he is almost bedridden now.....just thought of commenting coz i found ur article good....wher in it acknowledged what gradually our elderly have to go through.

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