Mayo Clinic: Simple tips to prevent falls

RobertFalls are a leading cause of injury hospitalizations and emergency room visits nationwide, and the leading cause of death for those over the age of 65. However, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life.

To reduce risk of falls, individuals are encouraged to:

Exercise regularly – focus on leg strength, weight bearing exercises, and improving balance. Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention. With your doctor’s OK, consider activities such as walking, water workouts or tai chi.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.

Have vision checked at least annually by an eye doctor and update eye glasses as needed.

Make homes safer by reducing tripping hazards such as area rugs, adding grab bars inside and outside the shower or tub and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways and improving your home’s lighting.

For more information about fall prevention, visit

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358

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