There isn’t a specific reason why women “fall” after age 50. However, there are certain factors that can contribute to an increased risk of falls as people age, including both biological and environmental factors. In this post I will share some of the changes I have made in my life for a healthier fall:) and ways to help prevent future falls.
This past weekend I fell while playing tennis, and oh lordy if you could see my bruise. Hence this post. I landed flat (and hard) on my buttocks (ass). Could I have avoided a fall, yes if I didn’t play tennis and I didn’t challenge myself to get to the ball-but thats just not me. I love sports and I love to be competitive. Which means I have the potential to fall again.
But what I can tell you is that as sore as my butt is and believe me every time I sit down, which is a lot, I feel the pain. I know that my injuries were light compared to what they would have been if I was not as active. My injuries would have been worse if I had not practiced stretching, balance and strength training daily. Being in shape is proven to help reduce injuries and leads to a speedier recovery.
Some of the factors that can increase the risk of falls as we age:
- Muscle weakness: As people age, there is a natural loss of muscle mass and strength, which can affect balance and stability.
- Changes in balance and coordination: changes in our body’s balance, coordination and hormonal changes all affect our balance.
- Medications: may have side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, or decreased blood pressure.
- Vision changes: such as decreased depth perception or difficulties with peripheral vision.
How to help prevent future falls
Take proactive steps to reduce your risk of falling. Regular exercise (including strength training) to improve strength and balance, maintaining good vision and hearing health, reviewing medications with a healthcare professional and paying attention to your surroundings.
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