We recently participated in a tweet chat about senior safety with our own Alan Stevens, PhD, Director of our Program on Aging and Care.
The chat featured several different questions and answers around the different aspects of senior safety.
In case you missed it, some of the highlights are below.
- Falls are the #1 reason for ED visits in the elderly.
- Over 60,000 Texans hospitalized in 2011 for falls.
- A fall is often a life-changing, sometimes life-ending event. Often has tremendous impact on independence.
- Prevention – De-clutter! Remove rugs, extra furniture, etc. Open the walkways.
- Make sure to check out community organizations which may provide a range of fall prevention services or assessments.
- Prevention – Exercise to maintain strength and balance. Classes can be a great approach. Get vision checked regularly.
- Medications (prescribed, OTC, herbal) can cause balance problems. Fill meds at one pharmacy. Review all with your doctor and pharmacist.
- Nutrition is very important. With weight loss you lose muscle and strength. Also important to maintain healthy bones.
Stay tuned to our Twitter feed to learn about upcoming Twitter chats that you can participate in.