The Check Engine Light analogy is often used to describe the warning signs or indications that something may be wrong. In the context of fall risk and brain health you should consider in 2019 Alzheimer’s disease was listed as the sixth leading cause of death in the US, accounting for approximately 123,499 deaths. There were over 50,000 deaths related to falls in those over 65 in 2022,
- Cognitive Function: Changes in cognitive function can be an early indicator of potential issues with brain health. Memory problems, difficulty concentrating, confusion, or changes in problem-solving abilities may warrant further investigation. These changes could be associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other neurological disorders.
- Balance and Coordination: Declining brain health can also affect balance and coordination, increasing the risk of falls. The brain plays a crucial role in maintaining equilibrium and coordinating movements. If someone experiences frequent stumbling, unsteadiness, or difficulty maintaining balance, it’s essential to assess the underlying causes.
- Medications: Some medications prescribed for various health conditions may have side effects that impact brain function or increase fall risk. It’s important to review the medications a person is taking and discuss any potential cognitive or balance-related side effects with a healthcare professional.
- Chronic Conditions: Certain chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke, can significantly impact brain health and increase fall risk. These conditions may cause motor function impairment, including balance issues and reduced coordination.
If you fall, it is crucial to BE HONEST, with a healthcare professional. They can evaluate the symptoms, conduct appropriate tests, and provide guidance on managing and improving brain health and reducing fall risk. Early intervention and appropriate care can make a significant difference in addressing these issues.