One of the biggest causes of disability and hospital admissions amongst seniors is a result of falls. Some might assume that falling is a natural part of aging and will do everything in their power to avoid these traumatic events. The good news is that falling is actually not a normal part of aging, and it’s often caused by many other factors in play. As a physiotherapist, I often get to assist seniors in working towards preventing falls and maintaining their independence.
From a physiological perspective, when someone increases in age past the age of 65, they tend to slow down, exercise less, and experience a decrease in muscle strength and size. All of these things can leave a person more susceptible to falling.
If falling is a concern, and you’re looking for ways to prevent this from happening, here are some of the most common causes of falls in seniors. This will help avoid or prevent them from happening. As always, if you’re worried about your risk of falling, please consult your doctor for a check-up.
Rugs and Loose Carpets
Loose carpeting and throw rugs are a super common cause of trips and falls in the household. This is because these rugs are typically 1- to 2-cm higher than the flooring throughout your house which makes them much easier to trip over.
Since these rugs aren’t fixed to the ground, they can bunch up and move putting people within the home at risk for slipping or falling. While it’s best to simply remove all throw rugs so the floors of your house are even, however, not every person wants to do this. Another option would be to put double sided tape to the bottom or use a non-slip mat underneath the rug.