From The Therapy Department: MediLodge Observes National Safety Month

The National Safety Council encouraged businesses and communities across the country to participate in National Safety Month this past June—an annual observance to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors. Each week in June we highlighted a different leading cause of unintentional injury and death:  Summertime Safety; Preventing Overexertion; Teen Driving Safety; Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls; and On the Road, Off the Phone.
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can lead to moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and are the leading cause of injury death among those age 65 and older. It is important to understand the leading risks for falls and take measure to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Many falls can be prevented by making simple personal and lifestyle changes. Your doctor can also assess your risk of falling and suggest ways to prevent falls.

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  • Mild weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, climbing stairs and water workouts, may help slow bone loss from osteoporosis. Having strong bones, especially in your lower body, can prevent fractures if you fall.
  • Practicing tai chi will help prevent falls by improving your balance and control. It uses slow, flowing movements to help you relax and coordinate the mind and body.
  • Group and community exercise programs will help increase flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. These kinds of exercises can also be done at home.

Health

  • Have your vision tested at least once a year or if you think it has changedBlog Eye
  • Get an annual physical examination and have your blood pressure checked both lying down and standing up
  • Walkers, canes and all medical equipment should be properly sized and fitted by a qualified medical professional
  • Reduce your risk of hip fracture by maintaining a diet with adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium

Shoes and Clothing

  •  Wear properly-fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.Taylor Balance
  • Replace slippers that are stretched out or too loose.
  • Use a long-handled shoehorn if you have trouble putting on your shoes.
  • If you’re a woman who can’t find wide enough shoes, try men’s shoes.
  • Make sure clothing is properly fitted to prevent it from catching on something.

Medications 

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications—prescription and over-the-counter medicines and any vitamins,minerals and herbal products you are taking. Some medications do not work well together and may affect your coordination and balance.
  • Make sure all medications are clearly labeled and stored in a well-lit area according to instructions.
  • Have an up-to-date medication list and bring it with you to all doctor visits
  • Take medications on schedule with a full glass of water and avoid drinking alcohol in excess

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For more information on MediLodge and our fifteen locations across Michigan, please visit our website.  You can also enjoy video highlights from some of our popular activities on our YouTube Channel.  The MediLodge Group is also on Facebook.  Stop by our page and like us!

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