One in three people over the age of 65 will fall at least once every year. Many falls can be prevented and there are many resources available to keep seniors fall-free.
What Factors Can Cause Falls?
Wearing well fitting, supportive footwear can provide stability and help you prevent a fall. Supportive footwear should be worn at all times-even in your home! Slippers and socks are not recommended as they can actually place you at risk for falls.
What Can I Do To Prevent Falls?
Keeping mobile and improving balance are particularly important to help prevent falls and injury, as individuals with low mobility levels and impaired balance are at higher fall risk. Maintaining or improving mobility and balance can also increase overall health and independence. Wear walking shoes for daily activities. Make sure your shoes are firm and supportive around the heels and the instep of your feet. They should be flexible and have enough room around your toes. Shoes with laces or Velcro fasteners are best. Choose footwear that is enclosed front and back, and avoid slip on shoes and unsupportive slippers.