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Prevent falls
   

Everyone experiences a fall now and then. While most falls do not cause serious injury, occasionally we are reminded of how even a simple fall from standing can be catastrophic.

Falls are especially devastating among older adults, causing over 90% of hip fractures and 60% of head injuries. On average, every 10 minutes a senior is hospitalized because of a fall.

Some people believe that falls are a normal part of aging and can't be prevented, or that it won't happen to them.

The truth is: There are many things you can do to prevent falls.

  • Keep your body active: You are less likely to fall if you have strong muscles and good balance.
  • Have your eyes checked by an optometrist once a year: Good vision can reduce your risk of falling.
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medications: Some medications can make you fell drowsy, dizzy, or unsteady on your feet.
  • Make your home safer: Falls are often due to home hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix.

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For more information about falls prevention, visit Finding Balance BC.

   
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