Falls can represent a serious health risk for many seniors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three adults over the age of 65 fall each year.
The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune recently touched on the subject and listed a number of factors that could increase a person's risk, including poor eyesight, balance, medication, lack of flexibility and dizziness.
What's one of the best ways to stay safe? Regular exercise.
If one lives in a retirement living community, try joining some classes that help older adults stay active. Consult with a physical therapist about how to develop a personal fitness program.
The news source reports that these professionals can help determine what factors may be most likely to cause a fall. They will measure gait, balance, posture and overall strength. From there, they will tailor the workout to improve these areas.
Experts also suggest that there are some changes to a home can make for a safer senior living environment. The first step is to clean up - make sure there's no clutter on the floor that could present a tripping hazard. In the bathroom and bedroom, consider installing a grab rail for extra support.