When we were younger, we made fun of those awful TV commercials where the older lady wailed: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
These days, for many of us, it’s not so funny any more. Each year more than 25,000 older adults actually die falls and millions more are injured.
As we age, many factors increase out instability. These includes arthritis, weakening bones, inner-ear problems and diabetes.
Experts say one of the best ways to avoid falling in to recognize some of the most common danger zones:
Getting out of the tub or shower – We all now the phrase “slippery when wet” and we all know the wettest place in any home is the bathroom. If you have a tub, consider using a tub mat or applying one of the many non-slip coatings for tubs and showers that are available today. You might also want to consider installing a grab bar on the wall to help you get into and out of the tub.
Just walking down the hall – Loose rugs and slick hardwood floors can cause falls. Check the common walkways of your home for hidden hazards.
Getting out of bed – Most of us aren’t really fully awake when we first get out of bed in the morning. Some medications can increase the chances of dizziness when you first arise. Take you time. Sit up, perhaps do some stretching exercise to make sure you have a clearer head before getting your feet under you.
Wearing high-heels – While this is primarily a concern for women, there are some boots that can present challenges for either gender. Wearing high-heels or other types of footwear can increase your risk when walking in unfamiliar places.
If you’re taking a blood thinner, avoid fish oil supplements. Those supplements can also thin the blood. If you like eating fish, don’t worry. Fish that we eat contain very small amounts of fish oil, so they should be safe.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, consult your doctor.
Have you been keeping up with all your vaccinations?
Experts estimate that nearly 66% of Baby Boomers over 65 have not yet had their shingles vaccine. More than 40% haven't had a tetanus booster in the last decade.
Hey, we're not indestructible. In fact, our age bracket is one where shingles, the flu or other viruses can have serious consequences.
Do yourself a favor. Consult with your doctor about getting your flu shots annually, a tetanus booster every 10 years and by all means, make sure you've had your shingles vaccine (even if you've already had a shingles outbreak).
As we head into winter, the experts say turning down your thermostat can cause your body to produce a hormone called irisin that can lead to burning more calories and weight loss!
You don’t have to live in a meat locker. Lowering the temp in your home between 75 to 68 should do the trick!
Chances are he or she is very good. But about 1% if doctors account for nearly 33% of all malpractice claims paid.
If you’ve just moved to a new area or maybe you had to change doctors for one reason or another, you can research physicians on Surgeon Scorecard. You can find it at: www.projects.propublica.org/surgeons/
If you’re concerned about your health (and what Baby Boomer isn’t), the 2017 Senior Health Report is available from the United Health Foundation. Best of all, it’s free!
Visit AmericasHealthRankings.org to obtain your copy.
BTW – the healthiest states for Boomer Health are Minnesota, Utah and Hawaii. The 3 “unhealthiest”: Mississippi, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
The report is based on this definition of health from the World Health Organization:
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
New research shows that fighting with your husband, wife, or significant other can have an effect on your health.
People who rage with anger are likely to develop problems like high blood pressure and chest pains. Those who stuff their anger and stew silently are more likely to develop muscular pains, particularly in the neck or back.
Researchers stress the need for better communication between spouses/partners and, if necessary, the use of a professional counselor or therapist to help.
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