One out of three older adults (aged 65 and older) falls each year. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. But you don’t need to be a statistic – you can help change them by doing things to prevent falls.
- Ask your doctor to review your medicines. Some medicines or combinations of medicines may cause drowsiness or dizziness.
- Have your eyes checked at least once a year, and update your eyeglasses if necessary.
- Make your home safer:
- Add grab bars inside and outside of the tub or shower.
- Add railings on both sides of stairways.
- Secure throw rugs with double-sided tape, or remove them.
- Improve lighting in and around your house.
- Exercise regularly.
Regular exercise can increase leg strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. Weight-bearing activities, such as walking, can make your bones stronger so that you’re less likely to suffer a fracture should you fall.
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