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Why are older people at higher risk for falls?

Property owners bear the responsibility for keeping a store, a workplace or even a home safe from hazards that can cause a person to fall. This is important because many older people have a greater likelihood of slipping and falling than younger individuals. In addition, older adults may suffer more serious harm from a fall.

If you are getting older, you should know that property owners maintain their obligation to keep a premises as safe as possible from fall risks even for older adults like yourself. Still, by learning why aging contributes to your fall risk, you may take some personal steps to protect yourself.

Contributions to fall risks

Some older people remain vigorous even in their advanced years because of their personal lifestyles. Even so, as the National Safety Council explains, many older people experience specific issues that contribute to a greater possibility of falling, such as declining vision, a loss of physical strength and problems maintaining balance.

Fall risks can also arise from the medicine you take. The side effects of medicines like antidepressants and sedatives can cause problems with your balance. You might also feel dizzy, lightheaded, or drowsy. All of these problems may make it more likely you would lose your footing at a crucial moment.

You can reduce your fall risk

If you suspect you have some physical weakness due to age, consider discussing your fall risk with your doctor. You may get a vision test. You might also need better footwear. Walking with a cane or a walker should help maintain your steadiness. Also consult with your doctor about your medicine’s possible effects. Sometimes ingesting certain medicines together can cause side effects.

If you do what you can to reduce your chances of falling, you will have done your part. Property owners should also perform their duties to clear away slip or trip hazards that you have no control over.