Fall Prevention

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Falls are a common and sometimes dangerous event and become more common as a person ages. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the things people can do to avoid falls in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

As a person gets older, physical changes and health conditions and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions make falls more likely. Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults.

The following tips may help you avoid falls:

If you are weak or dizzy, sit for a while before attempting to stand. This helps your body adjust to being upright.

Exercise regularly to improve your strength, muscle tone and balance.

Call your physician for an appointment if you are dizzy and lose your balance. You may have a condition that needs treatment.

Have your vision and hearing checked regularly. If you have poor vision or hearing, you lose important cues that help you avoid objects and keep your balance.

Know the side effects of medications you are taking. Many medications can cause a loss of balance or a drop in blood pressure when you stand, and

Be sure to remove throw rugs and other obstacles in the home that can cause you to fall.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.