PREVENTING FALLS

ANCHOR POINTE Audio Burst with Skip Orem

PREVENTING FALLS

by Skip Orem | Anchor Pointe

TRANSCRIPT

 Audio Burst PREVENTING FALLS with Skip Orem

(08:35 in the Podcast):

Skip Orem:

This surprised me, everybody. Do you know that about one in four of us older folks, baby boomers in our 60s and 70s and beyond, one in four of us fall at least once every year? And falls, they’re the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among us older folks. This is important. Falls are not a normal part of aging, so why do we all start to fall down at an increased rate as we start to get older? Some of the common causes for that are poor eyesight, hearing loss, decreased strength, chronic health problems, and some medications may also make us more susceptible to falling. So we all need a plan to help us reduce our risk, control our risk of falling. Why don’t you take these steps today, if you can?

(09:41):

Remove clutter from your floor, especially in walkways, and keep it removed. Remove throw rugs or secure them to the floor. Remove and keep items off the stairs. Remove electric cords from walkways. Keep a clear path to your light switches. And clean up those spills right away, right after they happen. Everybody, do each of those things. Do it right now today, and then in the next few days, make sure you have lights in your bathroom and along the route from your bed to your bathroom. Keep a lamp at your bedside so that well, so that you can turn it on before getting up. Make sure that you have a light switch at both the top and the bottom of the stairs. And place anti-slip treads in your shower and your bathtub.

(10:43):

And then let me bring this all back to Anchor Pointe and our disease-fighting and fitness model. Stay healthy and as fit as you can. Practice the seven elements of the Anchor Pointe disease-fighting and fitness model, faith, diet, exercise, keep a positive attitude, practice guided meditation, listen to your music, enjoy the arts and keep up-to-date on the latest research on health and fitness for us older folks.

(11:15):

Our goal at Anchor Pointe is for each and every one of our listeners to live a long, healthy and happy life. And you’re not going to do that, you’re not going to be healthy and happy if you take a bad fall. All of these tips will be in the transcript for this episode. You can listen to episodes as well as view the transcripts for each and every Anchor Pointe episode by going to our website, theanchorpointe.com, and then clicking on the podcast and transcripts page.