Strong, Steady, and Safe

 

At the Y, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of people.  We do this by offering programs that promote health and fitness and reduce the risk for disease and injuries for all ages.

September is Falls Prevention Month, and the Y recommends that older adults exercise regularly through programs designed to increase mobility and reduce the risk for falls, like Silver&Fit Signature Series. Speak to your Y’s staff about health and wellness programs that can help you stay strong and maintain your mobility. In addition, here are a few tips from the CDC for preventing falls at home:

 

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CHECK YOUR HEALTH: Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medications (including over-the-counter medications). Medicines or combinations of medicines can sometimes cause dizziness or sleepiness, which puts you at risk for falls. Check your vision, too—see an eye doctor once a year and update your glasses.

CHECK YOUR FLOORS: Go through every room in your home. Do you have to walk around furniture to get through the room? Are there books, papers, shoes or other objects on the floor?

Move these things to provide a clear path. If you have to walk over or around wires and cords, tape them down or use another outlet. If you have throw rugs, either remove them, make sure they have a non-slip backing or use double-sided tape to secure them. Fix loose or uneven steps.

CHECK AROUND YOUR HOME: Make sure your tub has a nonslip rubber mat or self-stick strips to improve your footing. Have grab bars installed if necessary for balance. Keep kitchen items that you need on low shelves. If you have to use a step stool, get one with a handle—and never use a chair as a step stool. In your bedroom, put a lamp near your bed where it is easy to reach. Plug in a night light along your path from the bedroom to the bathroom.

 

To find out more about how the Y can support your health, well-being and fitness, visit www.ymca.net/health-wb-fitness

Authored by: YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas