Friday, February 27, 2009

Are You At Risk For A Fall?

  • Are you dizzy when you turn your head or look up or down?
  • Do you use cane or walker?
  • Have you fallen in the past year?
  • Do you have a neurological problem that affects your balance (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease?
  • Are you inactive? Answer "yes" if you do not participate in active exercise 20-30 minutes at least 3x per week.
  • Does your lack of balance limit your ability to complete job and household activities?
  • Do you take more than 4 prescription medications?
  • Do you feel unsteady when walking, climbing stairs, reaching or performing everyday activities?
Note: If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may be at risk for fall. It's time to ask your doctor.