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How can seniors prevent slip and fall accidents?

Like many seniors in Georgia, you are pleased that retirement allows you extra time to pursue interests and spend time with your loved ones. However, you may not like some aspects of aging, particularly the physical effects. It may have you wondering how you can prevent slip and fall accidents. 

According to The New York Times, falls are the foremost cause of injury for older Americans and each year, one in three seniors experiences a fall. They can have serious consequences such as fracture, severe injury, anxiety about falling and unfortunately sometimes even death. It is therefore vital that you learn some strategies you can use to prevent slip and fall accidents. 

First, you should constantly be conducting visual examinations. When you are walking, use your eyes to scan at least six feet ahead to look for broken sidewalks or other trip hazards. Keep your home free of clutter on the floors and stairs. Be sure that you are wearing footwear with slip-resistant soles at all times, whether indoors or out. Inside slippers should have non-skid bottoms, and if you are walking in socks, only wear those with non-slip grips. 

Second, spend enough time engaging in a healthy level of physical activity. Do balance- and strength-based programs, such as specific workout classes or a few sessions with a physical therapist. It is important to maintain upper body strength, partly so you can use handrails with ease whenever you walk up or down stairs. Keep items you need on lower shelves so you do not have to climb onto a stepstool or ladder to retrieve them.

This information is intended solely for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice. 

 

 

 

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