We all know the severity of conditions like heart disease and cancer, and many of us have been practicing healthy lifestyles to prevent these health problems. But what about something as sudden and unpredicted as falling?
Many young people are unaware of the risks associated with falls to older adults. However, the astonishing fact is that falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among adults aged 65 and older in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 36 million older adults fall each year, resulting in more than 32,000 deaths.
Falls can cause cuts, fractures, and severe head injuries in older adults. Unlike children or younger adults, they cannot recover from falls easily. And even if the elders are lucky enough not to get injured from a fall, they may become afraid of falling and choose to reduce their daily activities gradually. As we all know, being less active is not a good habit. It weakens our bones, muscles, and body system and increases the chances of falling in the future.
However, the good news is that there are many ways to prevent falls. Scroll down to receive some tips to protect yourself or your loved ones from falling.
Why do older people fall more often?
The first step to preventing falls in older adults is to learn about the risk factors. There are many reasons why seniors are at a higher risk of falling, including:
Poor eyesight or poor hearing
These age-related changes can prevent seniors from noticing objects in their way.
Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis can cause weakness in the extremities, poor grip strength, balance disorders, and cognitive impairment, thus increasing the risk of falling.
Sedatives, anti-depressants, and blood pressure medications often cause falling as a side effect. Taking multiple medications can also make you unsteady on your feet.
Lack of elder-friendly design
Many falls in the elderly occur at home. Poor lighting, loose carpeting, and a lack of safety equipment in the house can make the elders more likely to trip or fall.
How to prevent older people from falling?
You can avoid falls by making a few lifestyle and environmental changes, including:
Some exercises not only make your legs stronger but can also improve your balance and coordination. Yoga and Tai Chi are good examples of this kind of exercise, which can help to keep you on your feet as you age.
Get regular eye checks
Seeing an eye doctor at least once a year to ensure clear vision can somewhat lower your risk of falling. Your doctor will also be able to detect if you have any eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts.
Keep your home safe
You can do this by removing clutter, improving lighting, installing grab bars, using non-slip mats, and so on.
Reduce pain and injury after a fall with MiraMate Mini Magic
If you or an elder in your family accidentally fall, you can use MiraMate Mini Magic to reduce the pain and promote bone regrowth. Mini Magic uses the principle of PEMF therapy to target the underlying cause of pain, rebalance the body’s natural anti-inflammatory function, and promote cell regeneration. It is a drug-free alternative therapy without any harmful side effects. All you need to do is place the coils of Mini Magic on the area of bone fracture or where you feel pain, and the PEMF frequencies will transmit deep down to your tissue to help you relieve pain and regrow bone cells.
One of our customers, Ingrid Dinter, reported in her feedback that she had a fall and hurt her back severely. At that time, she needed to attend a meeting in another state. On the day of the conference, she used the Mini Magic for the whole day, and to her great surprise, the pain had almost completely subsided the next day. She could even carry her suitcase around and go up and down the stairs freely.
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