Simple Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Can you name the most common cause of injury among older Americans? It’s falling—which happens to one in four adults age 65 or older each year—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This tallies up annually to 29 million falls that result in 3 million emergency department visits, 850,000 hospitalizations, and 29,000 deaths. The good news is that the risk of falling can be reduced by taking a few simple steps.

Tell your healthcare provider. A fall can be caused by a health condition or medication you’re taking. If you have fallen or feel unsteady at times, it’s important to evaluate your risk with your healthcare provider and develop a plan for fall prevention. Be sure to have your provider check your feet annually too. Discuss proper footwear and whether you should see a podiatrist.

Get an eye exam annually. A visit to an eye doctor will diagnose conditions that may limit your vision, like glaucoma or cataracts. If your eyeglasses prescription has changed, be sure to update your lenses.

Improve your balance and strength. Adopt an exercise regimen to strengthen your core and leg muscles. Tai chi, a gentle and graceful form of exercise and stretching, has been shown to help reduce falls. As an extra bonus, a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that tai chi also helped improve brain function.

Make home modifications. More than half of all falls take place at home. Remove hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Install grab bars and handrails. Add non-slip materials to tubs, showers, and stairs.

Be cautious when walking Fido. A study in JAMA Surgery found a dramatic rise in bone fractures attributed to canine companions. When walking your best buddy, stay aware of your environment and take extra precautions during inclement weather. Investing in a retractable leash and obedience training can also help.

Taking these steps will lower your fears of falling and help you continue enjoying the activities you love most.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

National Council on Aging
ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention

Centers for Disease Control
cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls

Wesley Homes Breaks Ground at Tehaleh

Wesley Homes exterior rendering

Wesley Homes celebrates 75 years with it’s newest addition to the inspiring, master planned community in Bonney Lake.  The community broke ground this fall and plans to bring a vibrant new choice in senior living options to the foothills of Mt. Rainier.

Wesley at Tehaleh will offer a holistic wellness approach to living. Join your best friend — human or canine — to hike Tehaleh’s numerous walking trails, take a bicycle ride through the expansive community or play in the daily Pickleball match. 

“We are so excited about all the amenities this location will have for the local community,” says Rachel Kirkman Marketing Director. Our Tehaleh location will have a wood shop, creativity center, community chapel, beauty and barber shop.  To learn more visit them on-line.

https://wesleychoice.org/communities/wesley-at-tehaleh/

(253) 466-2720

Wesley Opens Bradley Park location

Wesley is observing its 75th year with the grand opening of its third senior-living community, Wesley Bradley Park in Puyallup. The public is invited to enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways and prize drawings at the celebration on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. 

“We are excited about the opportunities to develop relationships throughout the area,” says T.C. Fraser, campus administrator. “Our residents have been highly active in various community activities. This has really opened the door to many others who now call Wesley Bradley Park their home.” 

The 19-acre property on South Hill features a range of residential options. The Lodge, five stories high, includes 99 independent living residences. For assisted living–like services, there is The Commons, with 50 apartments. The Brownstone offers 32 condo-style homes. The memory care neighborhood, called The Arbor, will open with 17 apartments once state licensing has been approved. 

At the grand opening, guests are welcome to tour the community. They will see Wesley’s style of senior living, one that is full of choices. Wesley is known for its network of services. These include independent and assisted living, in-home care, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitative therapies. This means residents can live with as many or as few supportive services as they need. 

In addition to living and health services, Wesley Bradley Park residents have access to amenities that were developed with a wide range of interests in mind. These include a fully equipped health and wellness center, a learning center/theater, multiple dining venues, a creative arts center, a wood shop, a chapel/auditorium, a beauty salon, a club room and a library.

Fraser adds that the Wesley Bradley Park community will continue to grow and expand. An additional Brownstone apartment building is in the plan, as is a state-of-the-art post-acute rehabilitation center.

by leah grout

707 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374

253.435.8100

wesleychoice.org/communities/bradley-park