Adrienne Jaworski, R.N., of The Villages Health, explains why you shouldn’t keep it a secret if you have a fall.
The following is a transcript of the video:
It’s important that, if we do have a fall, that we let our doctor know that we had a fall. Now, not too many people like to do that. But it’s okay, especially if you know that … “I shouldn’t have done that. I know that that was wrong to do. I shouldn’t have done that.” But letting your doctor know, helps him know that if you fell, you may say “I’m fine. I didn’t hurt myself. I have a bruise, but that’s it.” Right, you can do an evaluation on yourself or you might need to see the doctor.
It’s important that they know, because there may be something else going on that’s causing that fall. Maybe it’s not forgetfulness on your part or the lack of mindfulness on your part. Maybe there’s something else going on. Maybe it’s medication that needs to be reevaluated. Maybe there’s a medical issue that needs to happen. And the fear of falling is very real. Very real.
And what it does is it makes us afraid to partake in other activities, and when we don’t partake in physical activities, our muscles get worse and it increases our fall rate. So, what we have to do is we have to think about things a little bit more mindfully. “Yes, maybe I would like to go out shopping with the ladies.” So, what am I going to think about. “Well, I know that there’s a bench outside, so if I get tired, I could sit down.” Right? But don’t let it limit you, because when we start to withdraw socially and physically, it increases our risk for depression. So, we don’t want that. Right? We want to make sure that we can maintain our quality of life and do the things that we want to do … carefully … so that we don’t hurt ourselves.
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