I don't but in my former work, I worked with many people who DID. There are a lot of things that you can do to improve the situation.
* You an hold onto the top of the bench and walk sideways back and forth, learning to pick your feet up higher (often the cause of the fall). Doing this a few times a day will help you.
* Do your eyes need testing? It may be that you require glasses, OR a prescription change in the lenses. An Optician would be advisable (they also to check for conditions like Diabetes, Blood Pressure problems, Glaucoma, etc. and often detect these issues before a Dr does.)
* Ask your Dr for an assessment with an Occupational Therapist - this is part of their work.
* Take Tai Chi - excellent for balance, etc. and is very safe to do.
* Do you need a walking frame/assistance for outside?
* Check with your Dr re medication causing/aggravating this
* Check with your Dr to see if there is a possibility that you MAY be having little TIA's (mini-strokes)
* Do you have Blood Pressure problems?
* Ask your Dr to do some bloods to see if there is something contributing to the falls.
* Check your shoes. A lot of people don't wear shoes with soles/heels appropriate for their age/condition. Sometimes the shoes are a poor fit (too loose) and flop which can cause a fall.
Hopefully this has given you food for thought!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 7/2/2011 (21:48)
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