Falls affect all of us, whether we or someone we love and care for has had a fall. As we age, our risk for falls increases. Here are four steps you can take to decrease your risk of falls.
Talk to your PCP about preventing falls
At your next visit, review all the medications you take with your provider, including herbs and supplements. Sometimes medications can cause dizziness that increase fall risk. Tell your provider if you feel unsteady or have recently fallen. Ask your provider about ways to screen for bone health to reduce your risk of fracture.
Focus on balance and strength exercises
Balance exercises (like tai chi) help maintain your balance and lower your risk of falling. Learn more about balance and strength exercises.
Get your eyes and feet checked yearly
Check with your eye doctor and update your glasses as needed. You should also have your PCP check your feet once a year and discuss proper foot support.
Make your home safer
Remove objects that you could trip over from stairs and places where you walk. Add extra lighting or brighter light bulbs in your home. It may also help to install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower. If you are not sure where to start, use this tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find and fix possible safety hazards in your home.
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