Today’s seniors are healthier and more active than ever, and staying in the best possible shape is high on most people’s priority lists. The last thing anyone wants is to fall or to have their loved one fall. Members of Ventana who participate in the VentanaFIT program can take advantage of a robust program of exercise for seniors, which is one of the ways that you and your loved ones can prevent falls. Learning more about fall prevention for seniors can also empower you and your family members to take the necessary steps to keep everyone healthy, happy, and out there enjoying life.
Tips to Help Prevent Falling for Seniors
As we get older, it becomes more and more important to avoid injury because our bodies don’t heal as easily as a young person’s body. The good news is, there are some relatively easy steps to take that can help you or your loved ones be less likely to fall. Some ways to prevent falling are:
- Exercise – Staying in good physical shape is the most important thing you can do to prevent falling. Not only does exercising regularly keep your body in the best possible condition, but certain kinds of exercise may even help slow bone loss from osteoporosis.
- Do activities that help you maintain your balance – Yoga or other slow, low-impact activities may not seem like a workout, but they can improve your flexibility and your balance. Being able to keep your balance is a great way to reduce your likelihood of falling.
- Get your eyesight and hearing tested regularly – Staying up-to-date with eyesight and hearing exams may not seem like it has anything to do with falling, but being able to see and hear as well as you can is actually important. Many people fall because they did not see an obstacle or hear a warning, so making sure that you can see and hear as well as possible might prevent a fall.
- Make your home safe – Learning to recognize and identify items and situations around your house that could cause you or a loved one to slip and fall is a very important skill. If you have stairs, make sure your handrails are in good condition. Change lightbulbs regularly so that areas are not too dark to see well. Remove any small rugs or mats that could cause you to slip or slide.
Healthy Seniors Fall Less Frequently
Sometimes, our bodies just don’t work as well as they used to, but making sure that you regularly see your doctor and keep your body as healthy as possible is important. Eating a well-balanced diet, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, and not smoking can go a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones active and able to enjoy life like you want to. Making sure to get enough sleep is also vital, as is taking any medication or supplements that your doctor has recommended.
How Can VentanaFIT Help?
Members of Ventana who participate in the VentanaFIT program have access to many physical wellness programs. No matter what your level of fitness or activity, our staff will work with you to develop a plan to keep you at your best. At Ventana in Dallas, Texas, our members enjoy all the activities that life has to offer and part of that is prioritizing health and fitness.
If you or a loved one has been considering learning more about senior living communities, Ventana’s luxury senior living services are second to none. Reach out to us today at 214.225.6197 to discover our vibrant community of members who are living their best lives as healthy, active seniors.