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Four Ways Seniors Can Reduce the Risk of Falling
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Fri, 4/05/2013 11:26 AM


Seniors

Did you know that one out of every three adults age 65 or older fall every year? More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. To remain independent and reduce the risk of falling, seniors can:

  • Exercise regularly. You'll improve your leg strength and standing balance.
  • Review your medications. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist to identify whether any of your medicines cause side effects or interactions, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  • Check your vision. Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year.
  • Make your home safe. Make sure you have adequate lighting, reduce tripping hazards, add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet, and add rails to both sides of stairways.
Content provided by Anupam Lahiri, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Methodist South Hospital.

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