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One in four seniors fall each year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older Americans. Most of us feel we’re too young to be a fall risk–but don’t fall for that. For most people, the very first indication that they’re at risk of falling is actually falling.
It’s important to be proactive with your health and safety. Don’t wait until an injury occurs. Here are some simple ways to reduce the risk of falling, and to be safer if a fall does occur.
- Use nightlights or motion-sensitive lighting to make it easier to see when you get up during the night. Install them in your bedroom, hallway, and bathroom, or wherever your midnight wandering might take
- Increase the wattage. As our eyes age, it helps to use brighter lights. This is usually as easy as buying higher wattage Why not get an extra lamp? Using multiple light sources to cuts down on glare and shadows. Better lighting leads to better seeing, which lead to fewer falls.
- Put a chair in your shower and install a handheld showerhead. Showering while seated can minimize one of the highest fall risks of all: slipping on a wet surface. Think about it. When you shower you do things like raise your arms above your head while turning around with your eyes closed. There’s almost no better way to lose your balance and
- Make sure your stair handrails are sturdy and functional. If your handrail doesn’t seem secure, you’re not likely to use it for And, let’s face it, nobody wants to fall, much less down a flight of stairs.
- Clear the clutter. Do you have a laundry basket, loose cords or a fan on the floor by your bedside? Many people Getting out of bed, especially at night in the dark when you’re sleepy, is risky enough as it is. Keep your pathways clear.
- Get a good step ladder for those high shelves and Make sure it’s the right height. Make sure it’s sturdy and has non-slip feet and steps. While you’re at it, move items you frequently use to lower, easier-to-reach cabinets and shelves.
- Invest in a fall-detection and exercise wearable technology.
People of all ages use wearables every day to monitor footsteps and sleep. MyNotifi is a device that you wear on your wrist or your belt. It connects wirelessly to your smartphone, and goes with you wherever you go. It automatically detects if you’ve had a fall. If you do fall, it notifies a list of family, friends or neighbors that you’ve pre-selected, to let them know a fall has occurred and that you may need their assistance.
But MyNotifi does even more. It is also designed to help with fall prevention. The mobile app comes with a program of 38 certified physical therapy exercises to help you develop lower body strength, flexibility, balance, and range of motion. Doing these exercises will help prevent falls. And all of the MyNotifi exercises are used by physical therapists everywhere and are approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
MyNotifi is there for you–if and when you need it. Best of all, there is no anonymous call center, no monthly fees, and no landline required.
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