Day 5 of the Countdown!

It’s Day 5 of the 10-day Countdown for Don’t Drop the Baby! Dr. Lauren Kane is sharing 5 ways to prevent falls.

Falls in the elderly can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Here are five ways you can prevent falls – they’re easy and worth the effort!

  1. Remove all throw rugs and small obstacles from hallways and floors. The first time my mother-in-law visited I walked a few feet ahead of her scooping up the throw rugs in her path. She must have wondered what the heck I was doing. haha
  2. Don’t store anything in low cabinets that would necessitate bending over. It’s easy to lose your balance or have a dizzy spell if you bend over suddenly. It’s important to move from lying to sitting and sitting to standing slowly to give your blood pressure time to adjust.
  3. Use a cane or walker, which has been appropriately sized for your height, strength, and mobility issue.
  4. Make sure hearing aids and glasses prescriptions are up to date. Take pills as prescribed.
  5. Exercise! Exercises for strength and balance are really important at any age –stretch calf muscles and shoulders, do knee bends to keep up the strength in your quadriceps/thighs so you can get up from a chair, lift light weights to maintain forearm strength and flexibility – you need it to wipe your bum and wash your hair, and practice balancing on one leg (safely) to maintain your ability to balance.

A bit about Don’t Drop the Baby ~

Dr. Brogan Corkie is happily semi-retired from medicine and now has time for other hobbies. Her passion for food is only second to her skill at matchmaking!

Ross Skye, owner of BabyCare, a high-end line of baby merchandise, is injured in an accident, and Brogan uses her cooking, medical – and matchmaking – skills to help him out. Dr. Lauren Kane is taking care of her nephew for two weeks, and Brogan agrees to babysit while Lauren is at work.

Two years ago, Ross and Lauren dated. At that time, Lauren wanted kids, but Ross wasn’t keen. Now the tables have turned, and Ross is trying to convince Lauren that they’d make an awesome parenting team. Brogan suggests they test drive parenthood by looking after a simulated baby for a week – a computerized version that eats, sleeps, wets, and cries. Ross and Lauren experience the “joy” of having a newborn firsthand, and the bar is set pretty low. Their first goal is: don’t drop the baby. The second goal is to find out if their love for each other will survive the test of…parenting.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for more Don’t Drop the Baby fun!