“Help Seniors Live Better, Longer: Prevent Brain Injury” is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to raise awareness among children and other caregivers of older adults about ways to prevent, recognize, and respond to TBI in adults 75 and older.
Here are some to the tips offered by Prevent Brain Injury initiative:
- Exercise regularly – regular physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce chances of falling. Exercises that improve balance are most helpful.
- Home safety checks – remove things that might be tripped on, remove throw rugs, keep items you use nearby so a step stool is not needed, install grab bars in the bathroom, use non slip mats on bathtub and shower floors, install handrails and lights on all stairs and outside your home.
- Have your health care provider review medicines, including over the counter medicines.
- Wear safe, sturdy shoes with thin, non-slip soles.
- Poor vision increases the chance of falling, regular vision checks are recommended.