Proper Use of the YakTrak Can Prevent Falls on Winter Ice
Falling is a leading cause of injury, death, and healthcare cost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults 65 and older will fall each year. Serious injuries will occur in 20-30% of those who do fall. The injuries may just make it more difficult to live independent lives, but may also increase their risk of early death.
If you are looking for a gift for an active elder in your life, think about the Yaktrak. Yaktrak, Inc has been in business since 1998. The Yaktrak was designed for people who need to walk across icy parking lots, sidewalks or simply walking their dog. The Yaktrak is simple to put on and take off. It fits over you shoes.
In winter, falls are an increased risk with snow and ice. Yaktrax Walker and Yaktrax Pro are designed to help walk safety in snowy or icy conditions. Use of the Yaktrak allows you to walk as you normally would. The Yaktrax Walker and Yaktrax Pro are not for use on gravel, concrete or sanded roads. Avoid surfaces such as marble, tile or any non-icy, non-snowy surfaces when wearing the Yaktrax Walker or Yaktrax Pro.
The average cost ranges from $19.95 for the Walker to $28 for the Pro. A small price to pay for prevention of injury on winter ice and snow.
Other important steps to prevent falls include:
* Regular exercise. Exercise programs that increase strength and improve balance are especially good.
* Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines – both prescription and over-the-counter – to reduce side effects and interactions that could cause dizziness or an unsteady gait.
* Have your eyes checked at least once a year.
* Inside the home, lighting is important to prevent falls or slips.