There are many myths about seniors falling, but it’s important to separate fact from fiction.
Falls can be serious for any senior, and they are all too common. But unfortunately, there are also many common myths about falls, and believing some of those myths could put you at a higher risk of falling, or of getting more seriously injured if you do fall. Information can be a very powerful thing, and here at Serenity Gardens, we are dedicated to providing you with the information you need. That’s why, in our last blog, our assisted living in Friendswood debunked a few of the most common myths about falling. Keep reading to learn more.
Myth #5. My vision is fine, so there’s no reason to get it checked annually.
One of the key things you can do to prevent falls is to keep up with your vision. Vision loss is a common part of the aging process, and people who have vision impairments are twice as likely to fall than those who don’t. Whether you think you need to or not, get your eyes checked every year, and if you have glasses, make sure that the prescription is always up to date.
Myth #6. Medication has no effect on my balance.
While losing your balance is common as you grow older, if you take certain medications, it can affect your balance even more. Medications that can impact your balance include anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, blood pressure and heart medications, antihistamines, sleep aids and pain relievers. If you are on any of these medications, and you feel it is affecting your balance, talk to your doctor. There may be an alternative medication available that won’t affect your balance. If it’s important to continue taking these medications, regardless of the effects on your balance, make sure that you take other precautions to protect your balance and prevent falls.
Myth #7. If I stay home, I won’t fall.
There’s a common misconception among many older people that, if they leave their home, there’s a greater chance of them falling. Not only is that just not true, as most falls actually occur inside the house, this kind of fear also leads to social isolation and depression, which can actually increase your risk of falling. Staying home all day every day is not a good way to prevent falls, and it can have devastating effects on your emotional and physical well-being.
Myth #8. There’s no reason to burden anyone with my fear of falling.
Many older adults are afraid of falling, but they don’t want to be a burden on their physician or family. But, it’s essential to seek the help you need when you need it for your safety, health and independence.
Here at Serenity Gardens, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care in a comfortable, home-like environment, but our goal is also to ensure that you or your loved one can stay as independent as possible for as long as possible, and preventing falls is a big part of that. We hope that debunkings the myths about falls will help you be more prepared. And, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us.