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Falls Prevention: Tips to Prevent Falls
Talk About It! - Depression

​Facts about Depression:

  • Living with depression is NOT a normal part of aging.
  • Depression and its symptoms can icnrease your risk of a fall.
  • Depression can change your walking pattern and posture while standing. this can put you at higher risk for falls.
  • Some medications used to treat depression can increase your risk of falls.
  • Thos over the age of 60 who are diagnosed with depression and receiving treatment are 50% more likely to fall than individuals not diagnosed with depression.

What can you do?

  • Recognize the symptoms of depression
    • Sad mood much of the day and night
    • Feeling badly about yourself
    • Loss of interest in hobbies or people
    • Feeling useless, hopeless or excessive guilt
    • Thinking more about your failures and inadequacies than the good in your life
    • Oversleeping or insomnia
    • Extreme fatigue and/or low energy
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • No appetite or overeating
  • Talk with your doctor
    • Keep track of your symptoms and discuss how they are affecting your life
  • Stay active. Physical activity can help with some of the symptoms of depression
  • Get enough sleep or rest
  • Eat well. Canada's food quide can help you make healthy food choices
  • Avoid alcohol
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Last Modified: Thursday, May 4, 2017 |
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