Poor vision is another age-related problem that increases the risk of falls, because eyesight plays an important role in balance. Older adults should get regular vision checks, Rice recommended.
Numerous factors increase the risk of falls as people age, but there are ways to reduce that risk, a doctor says.
Blood pressure drugs can cause problems such as dizziness when going from sitting or lying down to standing, said Dr. Jason Rice, a primary care internist at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill.
“If you are taking blood pressure medication, there may be a few moments of unsteadiness when you get up because the medicine blocks a mechanism that can cause a brief drop in blood pressure. This can be a fall risk,” he said in a Loyola news release.
“It’s important to always stand up slowly and get your bearings before walking. Also, staying hydrated helps to prevent drops in blood pressure,” he advised.
Another factor that can cause dizziness is an age-related reduction in the elasticity of blood vessels, which can affect blood flow.
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2 responses to “Doctor Shares Tips for Preventing Falls Among Seniors”
Running for a bus while dragging a suitcase over a curb can also cause falls… 🙂
Right you are, Vinny.