Effects of Brain Injuries Related to Falls In Senior Citizens

risk of patient falling in nursing home or hospitalToday’s senior citizen population is facing a crisis in dealing with traumatic brain injuries that are received from a variety of instances, but most of them are related to falls they’ve experienced.  For some it may be due to outdoor obstacles and dangerous situations such as a wet or icy sidewalk or driveway, or a slippery wooden deck or porch in the front of a house or place of business.  It may also be indoor situations that cause these falls such as something spilled on a linoleum floor or other objects that an elderly person might trip on.  With reports of injuries from falls increasing in recent years, someone who has an elderly relative or someone close to them may be concerned on how they can protect that person.

Decreasing the risk of elderly falling

One way to help reduce the chance of traumatic brain injury in seniors is to be sure that they know not to move themselves too quickly.  As people get older they may experience dizziness or other problems related to balance a little more frequently, and it is important that they give themselves time to stabilize if they get up from sitting down or lying down.  Another way to help decrease this risk is to make sure that there are enough support features built into places in the home such as stair railings that are not slippery or support bars in places such as kitchen counters and bathtubs or bedrooms.  If the person has even more problems getting up the stairs, getting a lift chair to go up the stairs may be something to consider placing in the home as well.  Traumatic brain injury in seniors can also be reduced by involving them in an exercise program if possible, but the proper medical experts should be consulted first before they participate in any program.

Medication and its impact on senior citizens

It has also been proven that if an elderly person has been taking any medication for any other conditions they may have, that medication may contribute to dizziness or loss of balance as well.  If an elderly person is taking any special medications, there will need to be extra precautions taken to help make sure they don’t experience any blackouts or other symptoms that could cause a fall at a time where they may not be able to receive help.  They will want to make sure that they consult the physician about such effects that a medicine or drug might have on them.

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