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Four Steps Older Adults Should Take to Prevent Falls 

Falls happen to millions of people 65 and older each year, threatening older adults’ health and independence. Yet falls do not have to be an inevitable part of the aging process. Take these four steps to help lower your risk:

  1. Talk to your health care professional. Your doctor or other provider can provide a personalized assessment and steps to reduce your risk of a fall. They can also review prescription and over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies for interactions or side effects that may make you dizzy or tired.
  2. Be physically active to maintain or increase your strength and balance. Tai Chi is just one of many exercises that may help.
  3. Have your eyesight checked at least once each year. Vision problems, such as cataracts or wearing the wrong prescription glasses, may increase your risk of falling.
  4. Make your home safer by eliminating common hazards like clutter, slippery floors, and throw rugs. Non-slip mats and grab bars can make the bathroom safer. Install handrails on both sides of stairs. Make sure your home is well lit.

This information is intended for educational purposes only. For medical advice, please contact your health care provider.