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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Falls threaten the independence and health of many older adults. More than 90% of hip fractures among adults ages 65 and older are caused by falls. But falls can be prevented. During Older Americans Month, learn strategies that can help older adults reduce their risk of falling and live better and longer.
This fall is an ideal time to focus attention on the issues that affect older adults. Individuals and communities can come together to help older adults enjoy an improved quality of life with a reduced risk of injury.
Improving Quality of Life, Reducing Fall Risks
Every year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls. Twenty to 30% of those who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries that can threaten their ability to live healthy, independent lives. The following tips can help you from falling:
Exercise that strengthens legs and especially balance can reduce your risk of falling. Check with a doctor to see what type of exercise is best for you.
Have a Medication Check-Up
Have a health care provider review all of your medications including nonprescription drugs like supplements and cold medicines. Drug interactions or side effects like drowsiness or dizziness can make falls more likely.
Have Your Vision Checked
Schedule a vision check because poor vision or eyesight clouded by cataracts or glaucoma can increase your chances of falling.
Make Home Safety Improvements
Check for home safety. For example, remove trip hazards, add brighter lighting, and place non-stick mats on shower and bathtub floors. Consider adding grab bars next to and inside your shower or tub.