While older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition it can happen to anyone. Especially in winter when darkness comes earlier meaning it’s easier to miss a step or not see a trip hazard.
Falls can be caused by wet leaves, ice or as we said above just not seeing a trip hazard outside or inside the home. As we mature it can take longer to heal and recover from a fall so avoiding them is the better option.
Slips, trips and falls
The most common type of accident in life generally is a slip, trip or fall. Thankfully, the consequences are mostly minor bumps and bruises. Falls can be avoided by wearing sensible shoes, removing trip hazards from around the home and taking extra care when out, not just when it’s icy.
- Every year, more than one in three (3.4 million) people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury, and even death.
Coats, scarves and hunched shoulders
As the weather gets colder we wrap up and pull the scarf tight, often hunching over to keep warm and out of the wind. This can then cause tightness in the neck and shoulders and back pain, not to mention the fact you’re probably not looking where you’re going. Layer up with the appropriate clothing and put on a hat, hold your head high and keep those shoulders back.
- Four out of five Britons suffer back pain at some point during their lives.
Lethargy, SAD and comfort eating
Winter is often the time when people withdraw into their warm homes, especially if they’ve suffered a fall. It can be easy to ‘not bother’ with the exercise routine and stay home ‘munching’ on whatever can be found in the cupboard. We highly recommend that you continue to exercise to maintain bone and muscle strength helping to prevent falls and should you fall improve recovery time.
- One in three people in the UK suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Stay safe this winter
Declutter your home of trip hazards, take advantage of sunny days, spend time with friends and keep active this winter. Don’t let a fall stop you enjoying the festive time that will soon be upon us.