Falls are a very important issue for older adults, and can cause a lot of worry within families. Here are some practical articles to help you prevent falls, and to help you make sure an older person gets the right care after a fall.
Why Older People Fall – This post explains how you can better identify the fall factors for an older adult, so that you can create a more personalized and effective plan to reduce falls.
8 Things to Have the Doctor Check After an Aging Person Falls – This post lists 8 things you can make sure the doctors check, if you bring in an older person after a fall. A good evaluation after a fall can identify important risks, such as a medication side-effect. However, post-fall evaluations aren’t always thorough unless family caregivers are proactive.
10 Types of Medication to Review if You’re Concerned About Falling – This post describes the ten types of medication that experts recommend that older adults avoid, or use with caution, if they are at high risk for falls. I also explain what questions you can ask the doctors, if you or your older relative are taking these medications.
How to Prevent Falls: 5 Proven Approaches to Ask the Doctor About – This post explains the five approaches that I use the most in my geriatrics practice, to reduce falls in my older patients.
Blood pressure medications linked to serious falls: What you can do – This post explains the results of an important study linking blood pressure medications to serious falls in older adults.
Proven Exercise Programs to Reduce Falls – This page features a podcast episode about proven strength and balance exercises to reduce falls in older adults, and includes links to videos demonstrating the exercises.