Did you know that seniors are more afraid of falling than they are of being mugged? Falls lead to injuries like broken bones, which can result in a loss of independence & can in fact be fatal. Regardless of age, you don’t have to fall from a great height to get seriously hurt. Getting hurt can result in a loss of income & increase of both debt & stress.
Getting hurt/breaking bones is just no fun at all. I should know, I fell down 2 stairs and broke my ribs 2 months ago. I am still limited in how much I can do, however I am definately on the path to recovery.
Bones provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium. To build strong bones and reduce the risk of bone injuries like osteoporosis, we need adequate calcium. We also need to do weight bearing activities/exercises.
Calcium is a mineral needed by the body for many reasons including the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. The body cannot produce calcium; therefore, it must be absorbed through food or taken as a supplement. Vitamin D also plays an important role in healthy bone development. It helps in the absorption of calcium (this is why milk is fortified with vitamin D).
To keep bones healthy, we also need to do weight-bearing physical activity on a regular basis. If you don’t like resistance training, try walking, jogging, hiking, stair climbing, dancing, jumping rope, racquetball, basketball or soccer. I can't wait to go jogging again.
Prevention, of course, is the best medicine. Get in the habit of doing a quick safety audit or checklist before starting any task or activity. Prevent falls & broken bones by ensuring that:
- you are focused, alert & aware of what is going on around you
- you have what you need to be safe (training, safety gear, tools) & that all is in good condition
- you are not rushed (slow down). Don’t take short cuts where safety is concerned.
- you always use safe practices. For example, never standing at the very top of a ladder & use a non-slip mat in your bathtub.
- the area is safe, well lit & there is nothing to trip on
Our health depends on strong bones. Try the tips above to stay strong & live long.
For more information on injury prevention call Go-Getters Inc (403 481 8175). Invite us to give a presentation at your next health & safety meeting or lunch & learn event. Workplace first aid courses are also offered. Treatment for broken bones & other medical emergencies will be covered.