According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as one in three seniors have fallen, many of them due to balance issues. Senior health issues are often the cause of problems with balance, which puts the elderly at a high risk of serious injury. Facilities for assisted living serving Bethany and the other communities in the OKC area strive to help seniors overcome these balance issues so they can live more safely.
The first step in helping seniors overcome balance issues is to isolate the cause. While a loss of balance is a normal part of the aging process, senior care services may be able to isolate another contributing factor that can be resolved. Some senior health issues that can negatively impact balance include:
Seeing your doctor can help identify if there are medical causes for your vertigo and balance issues that can be helped with the assistance of medication or other medical treatments.
If there are no medical causes to your balance issues, there are several things you can do to help improve your balance and reduce the risk of falls. For instance, joining a Tai Chi or Yoga program can help train your body to balance better and reduce the chances you may fall when going about your daily life. Many senior care services offer these classes to aging individuals. Your doctor may also recommend other exercises to give you better balance.
Making small changes around your living space can also help you keep your balance more easily and reduce your risk of falls. Installing safety bars in hallways, the bathroom and other areas where additional support is needed will help you move more freely through your home. Eliminate loose rugs or anything else that may trip you up or cause your balance to waiver.
Finally, make sure your hearing and vision is evaluated regularly at your doctor appointments. Both vision and hearing can play a significant role in your ability to balance. Correcting any issues may improve your balance and help you live a safer life, whether you live in assisted living serving Bethany and the other communities in the OKC area or if you still live at home.
The fear of falling is a serious concern for many seniors. Because so many elderly individuals become seriously injured due to falls in their living space, it’s important to find ways to improve your balance. Your doctor, as well as your senior care services, should work together to make sure you can live as safely as possible with the lowest risk for falling.
If you’re looking for senior care services that have your loved one’s health and wellbeing in mind, contact us. The Village at Oakwood serves Bethany and the other communities surrounding OKC with quality assisted living services.