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Senior health minute | Preventing falls

Falls are one of the most common causes of serious injury for older adults. Most falls occur in the home.

Here are some tips to make your home safer:

  • Stairs, halls, and pathways safety:
    • There should be good lighting and be free from clutter that may cause you to trip and fall.
    • Carpet should have a rough texture and be firmly attached without buckling. Area rugs should be secured with adhesive backing strips to keep them from moving.
    • Handrails should be tightly secured and run the entire length along both sides of the stairs.
    • Have light switches at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Bathroom safety:
    • Install grab bars in the tub/shower and near the toilet.
    • Place non-skid mats or abrasive safety strips in and around the tub/shower.
  • Bedroom safety:
    • Install grab bars in the tub/shower and near the toilet.
    • Place non-skid mats or abrasive safety strips in and around the tub/shower.
  • Living area safety:
    • Keep walking areas free of clutter, electrical cords, and telephone wires.
    • Keep rugs secured.
    • Have sofas and chairs at the proper height to get in to and out of easily.

Exercises to improve balance

  • Stand heel-to-toe with heel and toes almost touching. Then, walk forward while keeping your feet in line and heels and toes close together.
  • Balance for a few seconds on one foot and then alternate your feet.
  • Sit down and stand up without using your hands.

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