September Is Fall Prevention Month: 8 Myths about Falling
September is Fall Prevention Month and a great time to learn how to reduce the risk of injury from a fall. Many falls result in foot and ankle injuries including fractures, ankle sprains, tendon injuries, and dislocations. Learning how to prevent injuries can help you avoid pain and even hospitalization.
You may think that you are well-acquainted with fall prevention methods, but there are many myths out there about falling, especially for older Americans.
Here are our top 8 myths of fall prevention, courtesy of the National Council on Aging (NCOA):
1. “It can’t happen to me.” The reality is that one out of four seniors falls each year.
2. “Falling is an inevitable part of aging.” You can limit your risk of falling with balance and strength exercises, having your vision checked, making your home safer and managing your medications.
3. “I won’t fall if I stay home.” Actually, more than 50% of falls occur at home! Do a home inspection yourself and note problem areas like slippery throw rugs, computer, and electrical cords, dim lighting on stairs and halls, missing handrails and clutter. Make a plan to fix these and, while you’re at it, add grab rails in your bathroom.
4. “Once it’s lost, flexibility and muscle strength are gone forever.” In reality, exercise can partially restore flexibility and strength that may have been lost. Being active now can improve your overall health as well as protect you from falls.
5. “My medications don’t affect my risk of falling.” Actually, medications can make you dizzy or sleepy, so be careful when beginning a new drug. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions.
6. “My vision is fine.” That may be true, but it’s a good idea to have your vision checked every year. Aging does cause vision loss that can increase your risk of injury in a fall. Update your glasses as needed, and use assistive devices if you have low vision.
7. “If I use a cane or walker, I will get more dependent.” If you need a walking aid, use it. A cane or walker can help you maintain or even improve your mobility.
8. “I am afraid of falling, but I don’t want to bother my family.” Reach out if you need help – you will be surprised at the many ways your family can help, from removing home hazards to learning about fall prevention together.
Learn more about preventing falls at this NCOA website.
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