It isn’t always easy to start a conversation about a potentially sensitive
subject and talking about senior falls is no exception. Although elders are
likely to acknowledge the risk of a fall, associating that risk with oneself
often does not occur until a near-fall or fall happens. Engaging in a discussion
about falls with family, a friend, or health care professional can help initiate
the next steps to reduce the risk of having a fall.
It is never too early to talk to someone about a fall, but it can be too late. Knowing what to say and how to say it can dictate how the conversation may go. When talking to any older adult about a potentially sensitive or difficult topic it is important to consider these suggestions from American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
It is a common thought among elders that telling family about fall concerns will worry and burden them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When compared to the consequences of having a fall, talking to family is much easier on everyone.
Despite providers’ busy schedules, health care specialists need to know about
a senior’s concerns regarding falls. Each specialist can provide different
information to help an individual to stay fall free. Here is a guide for
speaking with health care specialist.