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Myths About Falls

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently published an article outlining some of the common myths related to falls.  In an effort to aid in fall prevention, the staff at St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions would like to take this opportunity to share these with our clients. When it comes to falls, remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Myth 1: Falls won’t happen to me.  The fact is that one out of three older adults will have a fall each year, so this is a danger everyone should be aware of.

Myth 2: Falling is a normal part of getting older.  The fact is this is not a normal sign of aging.  Older adults should take precautions such as maintaining a safe and clutter free environment, having their eyes checked regularly, monitoring all medications and side effects, and getting regular exercise.

Myth 3: Limiting activity will reduce the risk of falls.  The fact is that remaining active will help older adults maintain strength and mobility.

Myth 4: If one stays at home they will limit the risk of falls.  The fact is that most falls occur in the home.

Myth 5: Muscle strength/flexibility cannot be regained.  The fact is it is never too late to start an exercise program to help these issues.   

Myth 6: Taking medication does not increase the risk.  The fact is that side effects and medication interaction can lead to dizziness and other problems related to falls.

Myth 7: I don’t need an annual eye exam.  The fact is vision is subject to age related changes, and certain visual impairments can almost double the risk of falling.

Myth 8: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent.  The fact is, if used safely, these aids can increase mobility and independence.

Myth 9: I don’t need to talk to my family or health care provider if I am concerned about my risk.  The fact is fall prevention is a team effort.  Your physician and family can help in the process.

Myth 10: I shouldn’t talk to an older loved one about these risks, it may hurt their feelings.  The fact is you can help your loved one avoid serious injury by having an open discussion about your concerns and putting a safety plan in place. Again, this is a team effort. 

Information was obtained from the NCOA website at www.ncoa.org.  For more information contact your Caring Workplace Eldercare Specialist, Heather O’Brien at 314-802-5106, Toll free 1-888-388-1930 or hobrien@standrews1.com