UW Health doctors offer the following suggestions, especially for older people, who must walk outside today.
- Slow down your steps and make sure your feet are planted. Examine the ground underneath you and make sure you have steady footing.
- Take your time and don’t rush.
- Pay attention while you are walking and do not try to do anything else at the same time.
- Use a cane, walker or walking stick when going outside.
If at all possible, people should stay home if they don’t need to go out, especially if they have osteoporosis, a bone disease that can cause fractures in falls.
According to 2007 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 16,000 older adults died as the result of a fall and more than half were due to traumatic brain injuries. In Wisconsin, falls are one of the leading causes of deaths for individuals over 65.
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority