Why Does My Elderly Mom Keep Falling? Common Causes and Solutions

    This is a question that plagues many adults as they enter into the life phase in which roles reverse and adult children must take on more responsibility for their parent’s well-being. Approximately one out of three adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Among these older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury, both fatal and non-fatal.

This issue is cause for great concern, since injuries can include hip fractures, head trauma, and cuts and bruises. Adult children of aging parents  https://www.caringseniorservice.com/fall-prevention-fact-sheet need solutions, both to protect their parents and for their own peace of mind.
There are several identifiable factors which contribute to elder injury due to falling. Thankfully, these same factors, when addressed properly, can also contribute to a solution.
Below is a list of some of the most common issues related to falling in the elderly.
  • Exercise- While insufficient exercise is a contributing factor to falling, choosing a lifestyle that includes moderate exercise is an excellent solution. Exercise programs that build leg strength and improve balance are especially helpful.
  • Vision exam- Make sure that your parent’s prescription is up-to-date. Impaired vision can contribute to stumbling and/or falling. A once-a-year exam will insure that your parent’s vision is as good as it can possibly be.
  • Prescription review- While medicine prescriptions are a fact of life for most elderly people, it is extremely important to have a physician or pharmacist review all medicines and how they interact with each other. Some medicines used together can cause dizziness or drowsiness, increasing the probability of a fall. Simply substituting one medicine for another may put a stop to dangerous interactions. This step should never be taken without the advice of the supervising physician.
Dealing with the inevitable issue of elder care is stressful for almost every adult. Making improvements in the above-mentioned areas can have an impact on both parent and child, leaving more time to enjoy the precious moments we cherish as we watch our parents age gracefully.
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