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Personal care can help prevent falls – Self Care Week

Between a third and half of people over 65 suffer a fall in any given year. Whilst many are minor, about a quarter will result in physical injury that requires medical attention, including broken bones.

Looking after your personal care can help prevent or reduce falls. Here are 3 top things to check on a regular basis:

  1. Vision is a factor in falls and fall prevention. Make sure that eyes are tested regularly (free eye tests for the over-60s) and wear your glasses if you need them. Sometimes glasses with multiple lenses can cause problems, consider having two separate pairs for distance vision and close work.

  2. Feet are also extremely important. You are less likely to walk with confidence if your feet are painful. A regular visit to the podiatrist (chiropodist) to deal with problems like corns, bunions and verrucas is important. If your soles or heels are painful when you walk, gel cushioning in your shoes can help. And make sure that the shoes themselves are both comfortable and secure: floppy slippers and sandals, backless shoes and very high heels can all contribute to instability. Don’t set yourself up for a fall by wearing clothes that trail or restrict your movements. Long loose trousers or skirts can catch your heel, particularly as you climb stairs, while clothes that are too tight can make it awkward to move naturally, and cause you to stumble.

  3. Ears and hearing are closely involved with balance. Ear infections can upset your balance, as can a build-up of wax in the ear canals. So make sure that you get prompt attention to this problem from your local pharmacist or GP.

There are many local falls prevention groups which are easy to find by searching the internet for one close to you. Alternatively, your local GP surgery should be able to give you more information or refer to your local group.

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