by Kris Pitcher
Did you know that people don't fall and break a hip, they break a hip and then fall? This might not be a topic at the front of mind for you. But if you have older adults in your life, which we all do, you'll find the information helpful.
Having osteoporosis is a risk factor for hip fracture. Exercising regularly and maintaining strength and balance is important as we age. Women sustain three quarters of all hip fractures according to the Centers for Disease Control. One out of five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2002;50:1644-50.)
Most falls happen in your own home. Keeping a tidy, clutter free environment is important to reducing trip hazards. We can improve our environment at any age. Think about your floor surfaces, electrical cords, stairways and walkways.
We can also have our eyesight checked as falls can result from poor vision. Checking our prescriptions for side effects of blurry vision would be smart too. All these things add up and stack up against you in terms of creating trip hazards.
Keeping ourselves, and our loved ones, safe means we can be independent longer. The stronger we are, the better! I always remind people...if you can't stand up and sit down...you can't go to the bathroom on your own. Once you can't do that - you're a handful for someone.
Do what you can to keep osteoporosis at bay and prevent falls by keeping yourself strong and your environment clear of hazards. Live a blissful life, longer!