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'Falls Are A Normal Part of Aging' and Other Myths You Should Discard

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 'Falls Are A Normal Part of Aging' and Other Myths You Should Discard

Falls are not a normal part of aging...

Falls pose a significant threat to individuals of all ages, but their impact is particularly severe for seniors. The repercussions of falls can encompass bone fractures, brain trauma, and various injuries, often culminating in fatal outcomes. Beyond the immediate physical consequences, a fall can instill a fear of falling, prompting reduced activity levels that further elevate the risk of future falls. In the United States, one in four elderly individuals experiences falls, making it the primary cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in those aged 65 and above. It is crucial to dispel prevalent myths surrounding falls and the elderly to promote awareness and preventive measures.

Myth 1: Falls are a normal part of growing older

Falls are not a normal part of the aging process. Just because you're older does not mean you have to suffer falls. To avoid falls, make your body strong and stable through exercise, take care of your vision, manage your medicines, and make your home safe.  

Myth 2: I don't go out much, so I won't fall 

Over 50 percent of falls occur in the home, so staying indoors does not protect you from falls. You need to fall-proof your home and exercise to remain strong. Staying indoors is also detrimental to your emotional health as it can lead to social isolation and depression. 

Myth 3: If I avoid physical activity, I won't fall

Exercise partially restores the muscle strength that you lose as you age. Avoiding physical activity makes your muscles even weaker, increasing the risk of falling. So, start exercising and reduce your risk of falls. 

Myth 4: Medications don't increase my risk of falling

Medications may make you sleepy or unsteady on your feet. Talk to your healthcare provider about the possible side effects of any medication you take. Consider changing any medication that causes dizziness or drowsiness. 

Myth 5: I'm using a walker or cane so I won't fall 

Using a walking aid improves your mobility. However, you must use the walking aid correctly, or else you might increase your chances of falling. Engage the services of a physical therapist to set up the walker or cane and instruct you on how to use it. 

Myth 6: My vision has no bearing on my risk of falling

As you become older, you may suffer some loss or distortion of vision. This increases your risk of falling. Have your vision checked at least once a year, and change your eyeglasses as required.

Reduce the risk of falls by making the following simple changes to your home:


Ensure your home is well-lighted. Eliminate dark areas. Make sure there's a light switch within reach when you get up to use the bathroom at night.

Railings and handlebars

Install secure rails on all staircases and handlebars in the shower and toilet. If need be, use a safe shower chair or a walk-in bathtub.

Standing up

Always stand up slowly. Be especially careful when getting up at night to go to the bathroom. Sit on the side of your bed for a few seconds before standing up slowly to walk to the bathroom. 

Working with a caregiver

Mitigating the risk of falls is crucial, and one effective approach is enlisting the support of an in-home care agency. Trusted providers such as Comfort Keepers in Inver Grove Heights prioritize comprehensive training for their in-home caregivers, equipping them with the skills to identify and address potential fall hazards both within and outside the home. This becomes particularly beneficial for seniors grappling with mobility challenges, as an in-home caregiver can provide invaluable assistance and support. 

To learn more about Comfort Keepers, call (651) 371-5882 or submit the request for information form below.