By Mary Ann Coughlin
I am not talking about Autumn. September is Falls Prevention Month and I just want to remind everyone how to stay safe and prevent falls.
Mistakenly, we think of falling as something that normally happens as we age. I am here to tell you that is not true. Falling can happen to anyone at any age. The secret is knowing how to prevent falls and the reason that they may happen. Granted, some falls are inevitable but you have the power to prevent the causes of many falls.
One of the ways to do that is to have your vision checked. Having poor vision often causes you to misstep, not see an obstacle or misjudge distance.
Check your medications. Talk to your health care provider about any side effects that may interfere with your balance, create dizziness or make you sleepy. If you are having any of these symptoms after your medication or dosage is changed it is a good time to check in with your health care provider. Every question is a smart question especially when it comes to your safety.
Staying active is important to prevent falling. Thinking that not moving around will help you stay safe isn’t really true. It’s true that you probably won’t fall if you are sitting down but what happens when you get up? No matter what your age, your limitations or your strength, everyone is capable of rebuilding their muscle strength and flexibility.
If need be, use a walker or cane. As you rebuild your strength you may have to rely on an assistive device less and less. Think of these assistants as just that-an assistant to get you over
the rough patch and stay safe.
Let’s look at September as our month to get stronger and more fit.
Mary Ann Coughlin is a physical therapist and exercise instructor at Bay Ridge Center.
► REDUCING YOUR RISK FOR A FALL - Virtual on Zoom (flyer)
September 22 • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Register for the program by following this link: zoom.us/j/98575228435 Or, to join by phone at the time of the webinar, dial: 212 225 8997 Meeting ID: 985 7522 8435
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is pleased to collaborate with the New York City Department of the Aging to present an interactive and informative conversation with clinical experts from NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist on injury prevention.
The virtual presentation will include: Self-fall risk assessment; Tips for safeguarding your home; Improving strength and balance
► TIPS FOR FALL PREVENTION - Virtual on Zoom (flyer)
September 29 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am At the time of the program, click this link to join:
Presenter: Dr. Joshua Chodosh, MD
Sponsored by: NYC Dept for the Aging; NYU Langone Health, Caring Kind, Engagement in Longevity and Medicine
Learn More About: Why do falls happen? What can be done to reduce the risk of falling? Lifelong strategies for better gait and balance