As we age, our bodies and minds change, which can bring an increased risk of falling. But age does not mean you will be fall prone. There are many ways you can recognize potential risks and take steps to minimize fall risks. Let’s start with identifying the five biggest contributing risk factors.
Gait– If your walking pattern has changed due to limited mobility, sore joints, or loss of feeling in your lower extremities. These changes can impact your fall risk and create dangerous situations.
Medications-Some medications can impair your mobility and response times–especially if you have balance issues.
Vision- As we get older, our vision tends to diminish. With less visual acuity, seeing fall risks, such as tripping dangers, like rugs, changes in elevation, or other hazards aren’t as visible.
Chronic Disease- Some chronic conditions can affect one’s stability, such as Parkinson’s disease and Diabetes.
Fear of Falling- Believe it or not, fearing a fall can cause falls! Having confidence in your gait is just as important as having a steady stride.
Beginning in October, think Physical Therapy is starting their Fall Classes again! If you are unsteady or want to be proactive and build confidence with walking, call and schedule your assessment today or speak with your Primary Care provider.