I think back to the days when I was caring for Mom and seeing her mobility decrease. She was fortunate to never incur a fall that disabled her, but I know some people who’s loved ones have. Each year, 2.5 million people ages 65 and older are treated in emergency departments because of falls, according to the CDC.
According to this article; FALLS PREVENTION CONVERSATION GUIDE FOR CAREGIVERS: “Falls, with or without injury, carry a heavy burden on quality of life. After a fall, many older adults develop a fear of falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. Fear of falling can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.”
It is always important to talk to your loved one’s doctor if you see changes in their health at any point. If you feel they are at risk for falls, be sure to let them know so that you can come up with a plan of action.
Taking care of yourself is also paramount in being able to continue taking care of your loved one. If you aren’t in good shape and something happens to you, who will care for your loved one? I have started a strength training program to help reduce the risk of falling as I get older, I’ve seen too many times where my lack of strength and mobility have already caused problems. If strength training isn’t something you’d enjoy, then I suggest to at least get out for a walk. Doing so is valuable for overall health and strength, and it gives you breathing space which is so important. Even a short walk can make a positive difference in your mental and physical health.
If you are in the San Jose Bay Area, I encourage you to join us for our new Saturday walk hosted by our Affiliate, Bay Area Cancer Connections. This is a wonderful way to connect to other family caregivers for much-needed support and of course as I continue to say, so important to take care of YOU. Whether you are a current family caregiver or have been, these walks allow you to get out with others that understand what you are going through in a beautiful setting. More information and to sign up visit on the Breathing Spaces website. More walks in various locations coming soon!