Falls can happen to anyone, but people over 65 are especially prone. To
make matters worse, people in this age group are more vulnerable to injuries
that occur during falls, such as broken hips, that can leave them in need of
home care and can even be potentially life-threatening. For people over 65 with
dementia, the fall risk creeps up even higher. Fortunately, by understanding
the risk, you can reduce the risk of falling for yourself or a senior
loved one. Here is what you need to know about how dementia can cause
falls and what can be done to reduce the risk.
Dementia and Falls
Dementia can increase the risk of falling in a few different ways. First,
the dementia itself can impact a person’s ability to maintain balance
and navigate areas safely. Often, medications that may be used to treat
dementia can also influence the risk of falls. People with dementia are
often vulnerable to other neurological conditions that can lead to shuffling
gaits, muscles weakness, and other factors that can make falls more likely.
Likewise, seniors with dementia frequently have other health conditions,
such as arthritis and poor eyesight, which can in turn contribute to falls.
Reducing the Risk
If your senior loved one is experiencing frequent falls that you believe
could be associated with dementia, talk to his or her doctor about your
concerns. In some cases, simply changing medications or making changes
to treatment plans for other chronic conditions can resolve the risk.
Simple changes around the house can also be useful. For instance, adding
night lights, removing obstacles in walking areas, and having your loved
one wear slip-resistant shoes can all make a difference.
Make a plan for preventing falls with your home care aide from Home Helpers.
We offer specialized home care in Philadelphia that can be adapted to
meet your family’s needs, from
Direct Link Home Emergency Monitoring to the Friendly Visit Program to help seniors maintain their independence.
To find out how we can help you, please call (215) 334-2600.