Taking care of yourself in old age

Taking care of yourself in old age

In our previous post we had a look at some steps that one can take to care for ageing bones.

Here we will share some tips on how can senior citizens can take care of themselves during old age, specifically take steps to prevent falling – a issue which often comes with advancing age.

Begin a regular exercise program:

  • Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling.
  • It makes you stronger and helps you feel better.
  • Exercises that improve balance and coordination are the most helpful.
  • Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling.
  • Ask your doctor or health care worker about the best type of exercise program for you.

Some of the exercises you can start with are:

  • Light weight bearing exercises
  • Walking for 30-45minutes daily
  • Light stretching

 

Make your home safer:

  • Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a stepstool.
  • Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Use nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors
  • Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Lamp shades or frosted bulbs can reduce glare.
  • Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
  • Wear shoes that give good support and have thin nonslip soles. Avoid wearing slippers

 

Have your vision checked:

  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor.
  • You may be wearing the wrong glasses or
  • Have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision.
  • Poor vision can increase your chances of falling

 

Outdoors and away from home:

  • Use a cane or walker for added stability.
  • Walk on grass when sidewalks are slippery
  • Be careful on highly polished floors that are slick and dangerous, especially when wet, and walk on plastic or carpet runners when possible.

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