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Preventing Falls Among Seniors

preventing-fallsIt does not have to be inevitable that as you age, you will suffer from a debilitating fall. There are several steps you can take to help prevent falls.

First, take time to make your home safer. Remove items you might trip over on stairs and in walkways. Throw rugs should be secured with double-sided tape to keep them from slipping, and stairways and bathtubs should have handrails installed. You should also wear shoes that give good support and have thin non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers in your home.

Your health status can also affect your chances of falling. With your health care provider’s review, you may wish to begin a regular exercise program. It can improve your balance and coordination and make you stronger. You should have your vision checked to ensure you have not developed a condition that may limit your vision, such as cataracts or glaucoma. If you wear prescription eye-wear, be sure that your glasses are the correct strength.

Finally, discuss with your doctor the medications you are taking, including non-prescription medication. Some medicines, or combinations of certain drugs, can make you drowsy or light headed, which can lead to a fall.

2016-11-22T14:50:46+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Newsletter Articles|