How To Avoid Hip Fractures In Old Age
As we get older, our bodies naturally become a lot more fragile and the chances of sustaining a serious injury like a hip fracture increase. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis causes over 8.9 million fractures worldwide annually, estimated to affect 75 million people in Europe, the US and Japan.
Globally, one in three women over the age of 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, while one in five men over this age will also be affected.
As such, it’s essential that you do all you can to protect yourself as you get older – and one of the first steps you should take is to make sure that your home is kitted out properly with the likes of small walk in baths and other facilities to make daily life easier and safer as you age.
The bathroom is one of the places in the home that you’re most likely to experience a slip, trip or fall so prioritising safety is an absolute must. Invest in handrails and anti-slip mats for the bathroom and around the toilet, as well as keeping trip hazards to a minimum and tidying up any clutter that could get in your way.
You might also find it necessary to invest in hip protectors which can be strapped on as you would wear a belt, so that if you do fall you cushion the blow and reduce the chances of hurting yourself seriously.
Think about what you’re wearing as well – slip-proof footwear could be particularly useful, especially as we go into winter. Keeping active will also help to ensure your bones stay strong, while making you more coordinated and mobile.