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Everyone experiences a fall now and then. While most falls do not cause serious injury, occasionally we are reminded of how even a simple fall from standing can be catastrophic. Falls are especially devastating among older adults causing over 90% of hip fractures and 60% of head injuries. In fact, on average, every 30 minutes a senior is hospitalized because of a fall.
Some people believe that falls are a normal part of aging and can’t be prevented, or that it won’t happen to them. The truth is: There are many things you can do to prevent falls.
- Keep your body active: You are less likely to fall if you have strong muscles and good balance, which can be developed through strength and balance exercises.
- Have your eyes checked by an optometrist once a year: Good vision can reduce your risk of falling.
- Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medications: Some medications can make you fell drowsy, dizzy, or unsteady on your feet.
- Make your home safer: Falls are often due to home hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix.
- Invest in hip protectors: Hip protectors are designed to reduce the risk of a hip fracture.
- Take precautions when walking in the winter: Snow and ice can increase the risk of a fall.
Are you at risk for falls? Take a quick risk assessment test.
There are many myths about falls and fall prevention. Watch the videos below to learn more.
Fall Prevention Myths: English
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