How to Prevent Falls By Nancy Ludin , CEO of the Jewish Pavilion

The number one cause of seniors entering hospitals are falls. There are many things you can do to prevent falls:

1. Ask your physician to conduct a Risk Assessment and ask for suggestions to reduce your risks. Inquire about vitamins and diet supplements.

2. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure that none of your medications will make you dizzy, sleepy or decrease alertness.

3. Have your eyes checked annually

4. Ensure the safety of your home. Have an expert conduct a safety audit to make sure there are no dangerous rugs or cords, proper lighting, non-slip surfaces and the correct safety bars.

5. Visit your doctors regularly

6. Engage in a fitness plan that include balance and weight training

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents in fifty facilities for seniors. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.