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Take steps to protect your mobility

woman using walker Are you discovering that movement is getting more difficult with age? You’re not alone! It might feel like stairs are getting steeper, reaching in the cupboard becomes a balancing act and simple maneuvers take a little longer. It’s OK if you’re experiencing any of these situations — it’s part of aging! However, you can take actions now to preserve and protect your mobility, making moving just a little easier on you and your body.

Start protecting your movement today by trying some of the tips below:

Keep active. It’s important to exercise regularly to keep your legs strong and improve your balance. Good balance is essential, as it can reduce your risk of falling. A great way to work on your balance is through tai chi. Tai chi is a traditional Chinese meditative exercise, focusing on connecting your mind and body through gentle movement. You’ll be able to stay active, meet new people and improve your balance all at once!

Talk to your doctor about your medications. Some prescribed medications may cause unwanted side effects like dizziness and sleepiness. These can increase your risk of falling. Speak with your doctor and find out if there’s a good time of day to take your medications so you can avoid these risks, or if there’s a better medication option.

Stay on top of your vision. Blurry vision means blurry steps! Prevent falls and trips by getting your eyes checked annually. If your prescription changes at all, replace the lenses in your glasses or order the new strength of contacts you need.

Reduce your risk at home. Prevent trips and falls at home with a few minor tweaks, such as:

  • Install bright lights throughout the house, especially in hallways and stairwells.
  • Keep stairs and walkways clear of clutter like shoes.
  • Secure smaller rugs with double-sided tape to prevent slipping.
  • Store things you frequently use in easy-to-reach cabinets and drawers.
  • Use railings on both sides of stairs.       
  • Wear nonslip shoes and slippers when walking around at home.

One in 3 older adults has a major fall each year.* Don’t let it be you! Start a conversation with your provider about protecting your mobility.

* Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services