Every year, millions of people fall and cause injury to themselves. For the person living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, the risk of falling increases as the disease progresses. Depth perception, vision problems, and loss of balance and coordination are contributing factors. A study from the medical journal of Age and Ageing, found that those living with Alzheimer’s are three times more likely to suffer hip fractures from a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of five falls can cause broken bones or a head injury. Head injuries can be extremely serious, especially if the person is taking blood thinners or other medications. Additional medications, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants, as well as some over-the-counter medications can also affect balance and increase the risk of falling.
There are steps you can take create a safe home environment for your loved one. One of the best guides I have come across is the Fall Prevention Guide from Right at Home. This guide outlines risk factors and preventive steps for each room in your home. This guide is applicable for everyone, not just those living with Alzheimer’s. Please click on the guide and feel free to share this information with your family and friends.
Fall Prevention Guide_Right at Home