If you are an elderly woman or woman with osteoporosis, falling risk is one thing to watch out for. Falling is one of the biggest injury causes at home, and it is more dangerous for elderly or women with osteoporosis, especially since osteoporosis is also a serious post-menopause risk factor. Whether you are an elderly woman or having elderly family members, falling is a risk you cannot overlook. Make sure to know the signs and how to prevent them by acting now.
Signs of Falling Risk in Elderly Women
Frequent falls are signs of balance disorder, which is common among the elderly women and men. However, this can affect you (or your family member) harder if you also have osteoporosis problem. Here are signs to watch out for:
- Dragging the feet or shuffling while walking inside the house.
- Pausing for a moment before changing direction before walking; unable to change direction abruptly.
- Constantly touching or holding on furniture, door handles and other objects while walking.
- Walking with “on-guard” pose, such as flexing the knees, legs wide apart, and arms outstretched.
- Unable to retain balance quickly, such as after standing up or when almost slipping.
Once you experience these signs, or see elderly family member walks this way, it is time for you to act and reduce risks of falling.
How to Reduce Falling Risk in Elderly Women
Preventing falling risk in elderly women must be started early, even since you are young. Many balancing issues that happen when someone gets older are brought by sedentary lifestyle. Doing exercises like yoga, tai chi, running and biking regularly can help you gaining good posture, practicing balance, and getting good physical toughness. Meanwhile, elderly women can also do low impact exercises to keep and practice balance. Regular exercises, paired with nutritious foods, are also great to keep balance in the long run.
As for elderly women at home, here are things you can do to reduce falling risk factors:
- Make sure the lighting system at home is in top condition, especially if your home has many rooms or fixed fixtures that can be risk factors, such as stairs, elevated floors, and such.
- Install strong bars to instantly grab on important areas, such as in the bathroom, in the bedroom, on top of the stairs, and such.
- Make the house interior as free from obstacles as possible, and be careful with furniture items that are lower than the knees, such as coffee table and feet bolsters.
- Make sure the floor is not messy. If there are children, make sure to check the floor regularly so there are no scattered small toys or something like it.
- Make sure the floor is not slippery. You can install carpet with layering coat under the carpet (the one that is often installed to protect wooden floor), made of non-slippery material.
Falling risk is something you cannot avoid as you get older, but it can be prevented by improving physical aspect and reducing obstacles at home.