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Falls Prevention

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. These falls are often serious, and can cause injuries, disabilities, and deaths. 

Falls are preventable. There are four simple steps you can take to prevent falls. 
  • Begin a regular exercise program 
  • Have your healthcare provider review your medicines 
  • Have your vision checked 
  • Make your home safer
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How can older adults prevent falls?
  • Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  • Ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  • Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in their homes.
Information from the CDC

ABC News: Falls Prevention