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Four Things You Can Do to Prevent Falls

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Speak up. Tell a provider right away if you fall, worry about falling, or feel unsteady. Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change.

Make your home safer. Keep floors clutter-free by remove small throw rugs, or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping. Add grab bars in the bathroom—next to and inside the tub, and next to the toilet. Have handrails and lights installed on all staircases. Install automatic nightlights in hallways, bathrooms, and frequently used areas.

Keep moving. Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger, lower your chances of falling. It also helps you feel better and more confident. Walking, dance, yoga, or Tai Chi are all great moderate- to-low impact options. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling

Have your eyes and feet checked. At least once a year, check with your eye doctor, and update your eyeglasses, if needed. Also, have your healthcare provider check your feet once a year. Discuss proper footwear, and ask whether seeing a foot specialist or pediatrist is needed..