As your age increases, so too does the risk of a life-threatening fall.
Fortunately, researchers and healthcare professionals have put a lot of time and energy into finding the best way to fall while minimizing the risk of permanent or even temporary injuries. One of the best of these methods is that put forth by the American Association of Retired Persons.
This guide will spell out exactly what that method entails and how you can commit it to memory for your own personal use!
The Dangers of a Fall
Even something as minor as slipping in a puddle or tripping over a curb on a sidewalk can result in life-threatening and potentially fatal injuries for seniors. This is because of a variety of reasons, such as reduced bone density and reduced dextrious accuity (meaning, “slowed reflexes”).
It is more important now than ever before to ensure that you know how to fall safely incase of an accidental slip or spill.
The Safe Fall
There are only a small number of steps to this fall technique. Unfortunately, a few of these steps seem counterintuitive or flat-out wrong. On the bright side, that makes them easier to remember!
Step 1: Keep Your Joints Bent
When we fall over, our instinct is to stiffen up in order to prevent ourselves from falling. However, because of a decreased bone density in seniors, this instinct can result in severe joint and bone fracturing. It is best to keep your knees and elbows bent at all times during the fall.
Step 2: Keep Your Head Protected
As you’re well aware, the head is the most vital part of the body. When falling, it is also the most at-risk. Try to keep it protected against harm by covering your head with your arms. That way, if something does break, it will be the bones in your arms rather than your skull.
Step 3: Land on Your Belly
The belly or other soft or muscular parts of your body make for natural cushions against injury, particularly injuries related to falls. Try to aim your body so that you land on one of these muscular or fatty areas in order to avoid landing on a bone, which could cause the bone to crack, splinter, or shatter.
Step 4: Don’t Stop Yourself from Falling
If you notice yourself falling and you think that you might be able to prevent yourself from falling any further, don’t! Letting yourself fall all the way will prevent additional damage. This is one of those counter-intuitive parts we mentioned earlier, but it works. Instead of focusing on preventing the fall or cutting it short, focus on rolling with the fall.
These steps might not make the most sense, but they are certainly the most effective. When it comes to falling safely, make sure to trust the experts, even if you don’t understand quite what they’re talking about.
At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility and it will be good for you to feel in control.