It’s common to hear many people believe falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Furthermore, most falls can be prevented. Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent falls. To raise awareness and understanding, here are 5 common myths we have debunked about falling.
Myth 1: Falling happens to other people, but not me.
Reality: The truth is, 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the US. Falling is much more common that you think and can happen to anyone. Taking steps to reduce your risk of falls is imperative.
Myth 2: Falling is a normal part of aging.
Reality: While many changes occur as we age, we can take steps to prevent a loss of strength, coordination and endurance and that may increase our risk of falling. It is also important to have our vision checked, address changes to the sensation under our feet, and manage any medications that may increase our risk of falling.
Myth 3: If I limit my activity, I won’t fall.
Reality: Some people believe that the best way to prevent falls is to stay at home and limit activity. However, performing physical activities will actually help you stay independent, as your strength, endurance and coordination benefit from remaining active. Social activities are also good for your overall health.
Myth 4: Taking medication won’t increase my risk of falling.
Reality: Medications affect people in many different ways and can sometimes make you dizzy or drowsy. Be careful when starting a new medication. Talk to your doctor about potential side effects or interactions of your medications, especially if you are experiencing symptoms of dizziness or drowsiness.
Myth 5: I don’t need to talk to family members or my health care provider if I’m concerned about my risk of falling. I don’t want to alarm them, and I want to keep my independence.
Reality: Fall prevention is a team effort. Addressing your concerns or fears of falling with your family or doctor can help you find the services to help prevent falls from happening.
Here at Fyzical of Shady Grove, we specialize in balance and fall prevention. If you or someone you know is fearful of falling, unsteady or has a history of falls, call us today to schedule an initial physical therapy evaluation!