A healthy diet can help keep you on your feet. Maintaining a healthy weight makes it easier to keep your balance and therefore remain on your feet. Being overweight is a serious risk factor for falls — particularly for anyone with balance issues.
Osteoporosis is another risk factor for falls and broken bones. Help maintain strong bones by doing weight-bearing exercises and getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Milk and milk products, shellfish, canned salmon with bones, soybeans, and dark green leafy vegetables are all good sources of calcium. You can supplement vitamin D intake by taking vitamins and getting outdoors for a bit of sun exposure each day.
Fall-Proof Your Home
Take a thorough inventory of your home to find and eliminate fall hazards. Install additional lighting in dim areas, use nonslip mats or decals in your tub, and make sure that walk paths are clear of boxes, electrical cords, and other tripping hazards. Remove or secure loose area rugs with double-sided tape, clean up any spilled liquids quickly, and add railing or grab bars to any potentially slippery areas.
Falls are very serious and can even lead to death, particularly in older adults. You can take steps now to minimize the risk of falling by exercising, seeing your doctor, eating a good diet, and making improvements to your home’s safety. Avoiding falls is an important way for older adults to remain healthy and and most of all, stay out of the emergency room.