Falls can happen to anyone, anytime. However, as people get older, the number and severity of injury from falls increases.
Each year about one-third of people over age 65 will fall. A fall can lead to an injury, followed by hospitalization, rehabilitation, loss of independence and mobility and often to a nursing home stay.
Risk factors for falling include:
- Slow walking
- Inability to walk in a straight line
- Certain medications (such as tranquilizers and sleeping pills)
- Low blood pressure when rising in the morning or from a seated position
- Poor vision
Fortunately, many falls and broken bones can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and safety modifications in the home.
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Fall Prevention Tips
Here are some tips for preventing falls or fractures from falls:
- Be aware of medications that have side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness
- Stay active and exercise to maintain strength and balance
- Remove any obstacles to walking, such as loose cords, rugs or pieces of furniture
- Keep rooms well lit
- Have regular eye checkups
- Install grab bars in bathrooms near the shower, tub and toilet
- Eliminate hazards at home, such as tripping hazards, clutter and poor lighting
- Get up slowly from sitting or lying down since this may cause dizziness
- Consider wearing a personal emergency response system if you live alone
- Wear low-heeled shoes with rubber soles
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