For all caregivers, their primary concern is the health of the person they’re overseeing. Whether that be a relative, a family friend, or an employer – their health is the highest concern. That’s why it’s important to be vigil for traumatic brain injuries in the month of Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness.
As stated in previous posts, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. However, the purpose of this post is not for you to become acquainted with what a TBI is but how to prevent them.
The leading cause of all TBI’s are slips and falls, especially in people over the age of 65. Here are some great tips at reducing that risk.
- Add a regular exercise routine to the seniors’ daily schedule. Exercise helps increase muscle strength and bone strength. This will increase your senior’s balance which will reduce their risk of falling.
- If possible, reduce the consumption of psychotropic drugs in your senior’s medication schedule. Often, seniors are unable to cut back on their medication, however, according to a study titled, “Psychotropic medicine withdrawal and a home-based exercise program to prevent falls: a randomized controlled trial,” the reduction of psychotropic drugs decreased the risk of falling by 66%.
- Consider cataract surgery if need be. A cataract is the unnatural clouding of your normally clear lens within your eyes. This condition results in poor vision, which leads to poor balance. Surgery for it is a simple procedure that takes place on an outpatient basis, which means you don’t have to stay in the hospital after the surgery. It’s a great beneficial procedure for seniors with poor vision.
There are other aspects that lead to TBI’s in seniors. However, when it comes to terms of slipping and falling, there are ways to avoid certain scenarios. Consider using these 3 preventable measures when caring for an elderly loved one!
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