It’s balance and falls month at Complete Care Shop and we’re focussing on all the ways to help take care of yourself and your relatives.
Currently, around a third of people aged 65 and over will fall at least once a year.
If your balance isn’t what it used to be, you may be worried about falling. You might have even fallen already this year and be worried about it happening again.
You’re not alone.
There are things that can be done to help.
How the anxiety might start
Any fall can leave you feeling off-kilter and not yourself, even if it didn’t result in a visit to the hospital. But if you fell, couldn’t get up again by yourself and had to wait a while for rescue, it’s understandable to feel anxious about it happening again.
These anxious thoughts and worries may start popping into your head more often. You might find that you’re more reluctant to leave your home or do the things you used to enjoy. It might make you more cautious in how you move around or even stop you from moving as much as you used to.
How to help ease some of your anxiety
It may sound odd when you worry about falling, but one of the things that can help is to move more – not less. Exercise helps to improve your balance and strength, which in turn helps to reduce your chance of falling. We have some tips for getting back into gentle exercise here.
Another way is to reflect on what is causing the worry. If you worry that you won’t be able to get up again following a fall, carrying a mobile phone with you at all times might be a way to alleviate it. If that isn’t right for you, there are fall alarms you can get that will let someone know you need help.
The Guardian III watch with fall detection is a great option if you live alone. This clever watch has an innovative sim that gives you two-way calls, voice messaging, and an SOS alarm (among other features), so if you do fall then you can use it to summon help.