Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These falls can cause devastating consequences; falls are the most common cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries, according to a study cited by the CDC. The cost of falls exceeded $19 billion in 2000, and with a growing Senior citizen population, this number is expected to rise.
How can you prevent a catastrophic fall?
Exercise is important, but need not be rigorous. Interestingly, the CDC lists “Tai Chi” as an optimal exercise. Tai Chi is known for its calm and relaxing methods, as opposed to more traditional, rigorous exercise. If you are interested in learning more about Tai Chi, you should checkout this program by James Pang, Tai Chi expert.
If you or a loved-one has experienced a fall, ask your doctor whether it is possible medication has played a role. Not only can medications cause dizziness but they can also affect mood, which can in turn lead to a different pattern of mannerisms and behaviors.
Declining vision can lead to catastrophic falls. Your first resource should be your doctor who can assess your eyesight, prescription lenses, and balance. Natural vision correction solutions do exist and have gained popularity in recent years, but there is no substitute for an in-person evaluation.
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