If so, do you know if any of your medications might be increasing your risk for falls?
In its Stay Independent brochure, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends older adults do the following four things to prevent falls:
- Begin an exercise program to improve leg strength and balance.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines.
- Get annual eye check-ups and update your glasses.
- Make your home safer.
In this article, we’ll focus on medications for three reasons:
- Medications are among the most common causes of increased fall risk in older people.
- Medications are usually among the easiest risk factors to change, when it comes to falls in older adults.
- Medication-based risks are often missed by busy regular doctors. Older adults and family caregivers can make a big difference by being proactive in this area.
I want you to understand just what types of medications you and your doctors should be looking for, when you address medication review as part of fall prevention. This article will also explain exactly what to do, once you’ve identified any medications that are associated with falls. [Read more…]