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Falls

More than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year. Here are few steps you can do to reduce your risk of falling:
  • Remove raised doorway thresholds, throw rugs and clutter.
  • Rearrange furniture and electrical cords to keep them out of walking paths.
  • Wear slippers or shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Use a cane or walker if you needed & walk on the grass when the sidewalks are slippery.
  • Wipe up spills immediately, especially on ceramic floors.
  • Keep stairways, porches and outside walkways well lit & use nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.
  • Install sturdy handrails and grab handles on stairways.
  • Use nonskid mats inside and outside your shower or tub and near the toilet.
  • Use shower chairs and bath benches.
  • Add extra light switches where needed.
  • Put things within easy reach to avoid having to reach over your head.
  • Repair loose carpet or raised areas in the floor that may cause you to trip.
  • Keep a cordless phone and flashlight with new batteries by your bed.

 

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