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Preventing falls is key for elderly patients

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COMFORCARE - Marissa PhillipsPhysical changes that occur to our bodies are inevitable. We know that we can't prevent aging, but we can prevent falls that can cause long-term health issues or even death. Identifying factors that can lead to falls is a key step in fall prevention.

Here are a few fall-prevention tips to help yourself and your elderly loved ones stay safe:

Get some exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to weak legs and this increases the chances of falling. Exercise programs such as Tai Chi, yoga or even walking can increase strength and improve balance, making falls much less likely.

Be mindful of medications. Some medicines—or combinations of medicines—can have side effects like dizziness or drowsiness. This can make falling more likely. Having a doctor or pharmacist review all medications can help reduce the chance of risky side effects and drug interactions.

Keep their vision sharp. Poor vision can make it harder to get around safely. Older adults should have their eyes checked every year and wear glasses or contact lenses with the right prescription strength, if needed.

Eliminate hazards at home. About half of all falls happen at home. A home safety check can help identify potential fall hazards that need to be removed or changed, like tripping hazards, clutter, and poor lighting.

For more information visit www.cdc.gov/Features/OlderAmericans/

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