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Prepare Your Home (and Yourself) to Help Prevent Falls

Q: My husband and I are getting older and we want to continue to live in our own home. What can we do to help us avoid falls, both by making changes in our home and in our personal routines?

A: More than one in three older adults will fall each year, leading to possible broken bones and loss of mobility. But you can take steps to help prevent falls:

  • Exercise regularly to help build balance and strength. Talk with your doctor about finding an exercise class that is right for your abilities and fitness goals. Many communities offer reasonably priced fitness classes for seniors.
  • Ask your doctor to review your medications. Some can make you dizzy or sleepy, which can lead to falls.
  • Have your vision checked at least every one to two years. Update your glasses or contacts when your prescription changes.
  • Add stair railings at home and remove or secure loose rugs, electrical cords or other tripping hazards. Add non-slip stickers to your shower or tub or use a non-slip bath mat.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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