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Prevent Falls

Focus On Your Feet
Falling happens more often than many of us realize. Prevention is the first step in the right direction. For those over 65, about a third will fall every year. And those who do are two to three times more likely to fall again. For these folks, falls are the leading cause of death due to injury. But the good news is that many falls are avoidable—and the benefit of avoiding them is immeasurable.

Don't Get Tripped Up

There are many things you can do to prevent falls. By far the most important is to begin a regular exercise program focused on aerobic conditioning, flexibility, muscle strengthening, and balance. You can also help ensure your safety by taking precautions in your home and using assistive devices properly.

Safeguard your health

  • Get regular exercise
  • Get your vision checked yearly
  • Have your hearing checked regularly
  • Review your medications yearly with your doctor or pharmacist
  • Get the proper amount of calcium and vitamin D
  • Limit your alcohol intake

Make your house a haven

  • Illuminate stairways and walkways
  • Use nonslip handrails
  • Remove clutter from the floor and walkways
  • Install bathroom grab bars
  • Design an open seating arrangement for easy movement
  • Remove throw rugs
  • Keep emergency numbers next to the phone
  • Be mindful of pets underfoot

Make good use of assistive devices

  • Invest in sturdy, well-fitting footwear
  • Walkers and canes should be sized at the right height for you
  • Use walkers and canes to catch your balance, not support your weight

There are lots of risk factors in our everyday lives, but you can help avoid them. Above all, take your time walking and respect your limits.

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