Trips and falls are not an inevitable part of getting older. Here are five easy things that you can do to stay on your feet:
If you can see what’s around you and where you’re going, it is easier to move around safely.
As you get older your bones become thinner. It is important to keep your bones strong, as there will be less chance of them breaking if you do fall. One of the ways you can do that is eat a well-balanced diet full of calcium. Foods that contain calcium include:
Vitamin D is important to keep bones strong. You should get most of the vitamin D you need from natural sunlight. Try to spend some time in the sun each day during the summer but be careful not to get sun burn. If it is difficult for you to get out and about, you may want to talk to your GP or pharmacist about taking a supplement.
Even if you haven’t exercised for many years, staying active has many benefits. It helps strengthen muscles, bone and improves balance which reduces the risk of falling.
Types of exercise you can do include:
Your local leisure centre will have more information about groups and classes that are happening in your area.
You can find out more about groups and classes in your area on the Edinburgh Leisure website. You can also find out about Edinburgh Leisure’s health and activity programmes.
It is important to check your home for anything you might trip over or bump into such as rugs, loose carpets, low level furniture or items lying on the floor. Low lighting can also make it difficult to see where you’re going. A friend, relative or neighbour may be able to see things that may be a risk, so ask them to help.
If you are not able to carry out small jobs in your home, you can contact a local care and repair service. They will do things such as change light bulbs and tack down carpets.