Falling as we get older is quite common, but with the combination of lockdown, the risk of falling could become a significant issue this winter.
After the first lockdown, there was a significant increase in falls as a result of inactivity during the restrictions.
The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to steady you on your feet. Here are a few tips to get you moving safely again:
- Stay active - if you can, get some exercise into your day even if that's just a walk around your garden.
- Eat well - Ensure that you are eating healthily and regularly throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated - Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water - ideally about six to eight glasses of fluid a day.
- Eye and ear care - ensure that you are up to date with your sight and hearing test - if you are worried about your vision or your hearing, get seen by an optician or audiologist. We can offer you a test a home if needed, to book call us on 0800 60 50 40.
- Check your medication - let your doctor know if you are experiencing any side effects to your medicines such as dizzy spells or feeling faint.
- Shoes - ensure you wear suitable shoes - they should be comfortable and have a good grip. If you are experiencing any problems with your feet, speak to a doctor.
- Environment - ensure that your environment is safe, and there are clear pathways to walk around your house. Move any trip hazards, or ask someone to help you rearrange furniture if needed.
For more information, visit the AgeUK website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/exercise/falls-prevention/.