Guest Blogger: Heather Harada Shares Some “Tips for Preventing Falls in the Rain”

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By: Heather Harada, Program Coordinator, Keiro

 

Right now, I’m in the midst of co-facilitating not one, but two “A Matter of Balance” (MOB) courses – both in Gardena! We also have an MOB course going on at the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center. It’s great to see that so many people are interested in learning how to address their fears of falling and how to prevent falls. Falls are definitely not a natural part of aging.

“A Matter of Balance” is an eight-week, evidence-based fall prevention course developed by Boston University and Maine Health that helps people address the physical and mental barriers to a healthy level of activity. It’s been very interesting to hear the participants’ stories about their own falls and what they have done to be more proactive about preventing them, while still being able to do the things they love.

One area that I’d like to talk about today is how to prevent falls when it’s raining outside. Now most people would just recommend not going outside. But with a heavy El Nino predicted for this winter, it’s not realistic to expect someone to stay inside for more than a couple days at a time. Eventually, you are going to have to venture out to go grocery shopping or see your friends.

 

Here are some tips for minimizing the risk of falling in the rain and wet weather:

• Pay attention, particularly to the ground – if there are spots that look a little more slippery, walk around them.

• Take smaller steps.

• Wear appropriate shoes. When I was in college, I had the brilliant idea of wearing zoris in the rain because then I could just dry my feet off inside and not have to worry about soaking wet socks and shoes. But wearing slippers or shoes with smooth soles increases the risk of slipping and falling, especially when it’s wet.

• Dry your shoes when entering a building. Also, keep a mat or towels near your front door, so you can dry your shoes and the floor immediately after you come in.

• Allow more time to get to your destination.

• Ask a friend or family member to go with you (and remind them to wear appropriate shoes too!)

 

I’m looking forward to the rain, but will keep these tips in mind so I don’t fall! If you have any other suggestions, please share with me in the comments below!

 

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About the Author:

Heather HaradaIMG_6168 is the Program Coordinator at Keiro. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. In her spare time, Heather enjoys cooking, hiking, and travelling.

 

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