Fall prevention is important when it comes to any daily activity like walking, going up and down stairs, carrying groceries and just about anything else we encounter during our day. Preventing dangerous falls also gets more difficult if and when there is alcohol consumption involved.
Enjoying a social circle or gatherings are a great way to stay connected to friends and family. In some cases this involves alcohol consumption. Enjoying alcohol during these times in moderation can bring joy and happiness but making sure to stay aware or dangerous falls while partaking in alcohol should also be at top of mind especially as we age.
In This Episode You Will Learn:
1). Why we felt it was important to bring this topic to light because of the lack of attention fall prevention receives when combined with alcohol for seniors.
2). Some of Meredith’s personal experiences in working in independent living facilities and the casual alcohol consumption that occurred which caused some of the scariest falls that could have been prevented.
3). How falls occur more during the holidays as this is a time in which alcohol consumption rises and tips on how to be aware of this higher risk period and preventing avoidable falls.
4). How pacing yourself when drinking helps make a big difference on the amount of alcohol you consume and making sure to stay hydrated by drinking water also helps to regulate alcohol consumption in a short period of time.
5). Meredith’s safest advice on how to move through space if you do have too much to drink, especially if you use an assistive device, are in an unfamiliar area or don’t have anyone there to help you.
We hope you find our tips in this episode helpful and useful to you or someone you know. Enjoying alcohol in moderation especially socially is a common way to enjoy friends and family but we must also take the necessary precautions to enjoy alcohol safely.
Taking the necessary steps to prevent any kind of dangerous fall while consuming should always be in consideration especially if you are in an unfamiliar place or have little support with you. Enjoying alcohol safely and securely is the goal and helps to focus on the important things like spending time with loved ones.