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Paul E. Riffel Tampa Estate Planning Attorney

Ways You Can Help Prevent Falls for Florida Seniors


Are you aware that when a Florida senior adult falls it can cause devastating injuries and have long-term effects on the overall health of the Florida senior? However, there is good news because most falls are preventable. Are you interested in finding ways to prevent Florida seniors from falling? Keep reading!

You can reduce the risk of Florida seniors falling with information about the causes of falls and lifestyle adjustments that may need to be made by them. Preventing fall risks is critical because the hip fractures and head injuries that too often result can be devastating for an otherwise healthy Florida senior.

Are you familiar with National Fall Prevention Day? It is an annual event held every year in September and this year it is on September 22nd. National Fall Prevention Awareness Day is always hosted by the National Council on Aging. This event offers a wide range of educational tools and materials to learn about the impact of senior falls and the costs to their families. More information and resources can be found here.

You can help prevent falls for Florida seniors by confronting any issues impacting the risk level of a Florida senior and whether additional assistance is needed. Think about these warning signs:

• There seems to be a decline in mental alertness
• There has been a recent fall, or near-fall
• There have been recent vision problems
• There have been some noticeable signs of balance
• There is a sign of frailness and muscular weakness
• There is a concern about the changes in physical health

Other ways to prevent falls would be to consider finding exercise support groups that offer evidence-based programs, such as Tai Chi. You also might help a Florida senior loved one get screened for osteoporosis. Having prescription medications for Florida seniors evaluated for side effects, like dizziness, are also good precautions.

Have you taken any home safety measures for Florida seniors? These measures can definitely reduce or eliminate any Florida senior adult falls, including:

• Improving the lighting inside and outside a Florida senior’s home
• Removing all rugs or securing their edges to the floor
• Fixing all broken floorboards, cracked pavement and other uneven surfaces
• Rearranging furniture to create wide walkways
• Removing all clutter and small objects from the floor
• Adding grab bars to bathtubs, showers, stairways and toilet areas

We know that this article may raise more questions than it answers for you. When your family or financial health is on the line, trust attorney Paul Riffel to help you protect your interests and achieve your goals. Attorney Paul Riffel has been practicing law in Florida for over 40 years, focusing in the areas of Tampa estate planning and family law. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting with us.

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