As we age, our balance and ease of walking are compromised. You may have diabetic neuropathy, osteoporosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, poor eyesight, high or low blood pressure or any other chronic condition that can affect walking and balance. You are more likely to lose your balance and fall. Here is a list of things you can do to avoid and prevent falls. Each category will be explored in detail in subsequent blog posts.
- Review the medicines you are taking with your doctor or pharmacist. A side effect of one of them may be causing dizziness or weakness.
- Check your eyes and ears. Both of these senses aid in balance.
- Eat meals that are nutritious and balanced and drink water throughout the day. Our sense of thirst decreases as we age.
- Make changes to your home like grab bars in the bathroom, secure or replace loose rugs and add night lights where appropriate.
- If necessary use a walking aid such as a cane, walker or rollator. For covering longer distances, a wheelchair, electric wheelchair or scooter may be useful.