Lifestyle Can Affect Safe Movement
Lifestyle modifications in relation to diet and exercise should be individualized to meet a person's specific environment and needs. Weak leg muscles, poor vision, dizziness and medications that may compromise balance may put people at risk for falls. Your health care provider should be aware of the symptoms and help provide guidance regarding dosage and side effects.
You can also prevent falls by:
- Remaining active
- Strengthening leg muscles and balance through weight training and/or Tai chi classes
- Wearing flat, wide-toed shoes
- Eating calcium-rich foods and taking calcium supplements, if necessary, to increase bone strength
- Following your therapists' recommendations regarding limitations and walking needs
- Not relying on furniture for support while walking. Use the assistive device prescribed by your therapist
- Recognizing that certain medications may make you drowsy, and taking precautions
- Limiting walking when distracted
- Never walking without prescribed assistive aids such as braces
Be on the safe side and don't take chances. Listen to the advice of healthcare professionals and experienced caregivers. Regaining independence requires patience.