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What does the Terminator and Slippers Have to Do with Preventing Falls?

A serious fall can not only put you at risk of injury, but can certainly affect your loved ones and your finances with costly medications, therapy, and doctor bills. Hazard-proofing your home is one of the most economical ways to help prevent falls.

Recent studies show we are all aging in place more and living longer. No one wants to leave their home as we get older we have to be prepared for the physical changes and health conditions our body undergoes. In addition to these physical changes we also have to take account sometimes medications are present in our daily routines. The following tips are meant as a guide towards helping prevent falls

1. Would you wear slippers when hiking? Proper footwear is key.

Sounds silly when talking about a fall-prevention plan but consider our statement, would you wear soft comfy plush slippers on a 5-mile hike? Do you think putting on high heels to walk across ice sounds like a solid plan? If the answer is NO then you are on the right path to a sensible fall prevention plan. Proper footwear is as important as updating your home. Make sure you have non-slip grips on where needed and your shoes are sturdy.

2. Do you have a pattern of falling?

Some people are accident prone, some people just have the unfortunate situation that they don’t have the proper safety equipment in the home. If you or a loved one has a history of slipping, falling jot down the location, the situation, and take a look also at who else was around to help catch you or pick you up. Consult your doctor on their suggestion or a AIP consultant for what type of grab bars or safety assist equipment is best for your home to develop a fall-prevention plan.

Yoga and water workouts are good for core building to prevent falls.

3. Arnold had it right…

 Check with your doctor whenever considering exercise, but Arnold Schwarzenegger had the right idea in mind in regard to treating your body as a temple and getting physical. We don’t have to be as buff as the former governor / terminator but some type of workout routine to strengthen our core is never a bad idea. Low impact exercises such as water aerobics, yoga, and stretching can reduce risks of falls and strengthen our core to improve balance and flexibility. Your physical therapist or doctor would be able to provide you with the best plan for your wellness.

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