Did you know an average of 1 in 6 Singaporeans over the age of 60 suffers from a fall each year? Furthermore, most of these falls happen at home.
When an elderly suffers from a fall, it can result in serious injury or even permanent disability. Even without a serious injury, a fall may result in an elderly becoming less mobile. Resulting in reduced a social life and possibly leading to depression, loss of independence and confidence.
Common risk factors for falls include:
By making small changes to your lifestyle, habits and environment, you can reduce the risk of falls.
Begin by keeping your body healthy and fit. Other tips that help prevent falls at home include:
When outside, remember to:
If you are on medication, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the effects of your medication. Make sure you are aware of the medication side effects and know how to take them correctly. Avoid overdose by using a pill box to organise your medicine.
Dementia is a brain disease and not part of normal ageing. It refers to a group of symptoms that include memory loss and loss of independent function.
Symptoms of Dementia
The following 'red flags' suggest that a person displaying these behaviours may be in need of medical evaluation.
Dementia Prevention Tips
Making better lifestyle choices can help play a role in keeping your brain healthy.
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