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Lower Your Risk For Falls

Lower Your Risk For Falls

You can make small changes to help prevent falls. More than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. Falling can lead to broken bones, trouble getting around, and other problems — especially if you’re age 65 or older. A fracture (broken bone) can cause pain and disability. It can also make it hard to do everyday activities without help, like cooking or taking a shower. Broken hips may lead to serious health problems — and even death.

  • Talk with your doctor about falls and how to prevent them

  • Do exercises to improve your balance and strength

  • Review all medicines with your doctor or pharmacist — some medicines can make you dizzy or sleepy and cause you to fall

  • Get your vision checked by an eye doctor every 1 to 2 years — and be sure to update your glasses or contact lenses when your vision changes

  • Make your home safer — for example, add grab bars inside and outside your bathtub or shower and put railings on both sides of stairs

  • Always have your assisted devices nearby

  • Talk to your doctor about your medications

  • Get a bone density test (for women over 65)

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