Cass County falls awareness: What's vision, hearing and nutrition got to do with it?
Maintaining muscle strength is not the only factor to prevent a fall. Prevention involves the entire body and the environment.
Eyesight is an important part of prevention. Many vision problems for older adults can be corrected or improved by having routine eye examinations and using corrective glasses. Helpful tips include eating foods high in vitamin A. Allow for the eyes to adjust when transitioning from outside to inside. Keep eyeglasses and sunglasses handy. Watch out for pets and clutter in the home.
If left untreated hearing loss can affect overall health. Certain forms of hearing loss can affect balance or increase dizziness. Some forms of hearing loss are irreversible yet adaptive hearing equipment or surgeries can improve hearing ability. Older adults should get their hearing checked every year.
In addition to exercise, proper nutrition is needed to help maintain muscle strength and healthy bones. It is never too late to make changes to improve overall health and well-being.
Health goes beyond weight. People should consult a nutrition specialist to learn more about healthy foods and portion control. Staying hydrated also helps. Water helps reduce the risk of becoming dizzy or lightheaded.
Good vision and hearing along with proper nutrition are vital to reducing the risk of falls. Use these helpful tips to stay safe and healthy. Additional information and Falls Prevention Bingo can be found on the Cass County Live Healthy website at: http://www.co.cass.mn.us/livehealthy/falls_prevention.php .