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8 Tips for avoiding slips and falls inside and outside of your home

July 27, 2023
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Every year, older adults are seriously injured by falling. In fact, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room because of a fall, and every 19 minutes, an older adult will die because of a fall. While they are not always severe, falls commonly result in injuries or fractures to the head, hips, spine, legs, and arms.

There are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling and the chance of serious injury if you do.

Stay active

Moving around helps to strengthen your bones and muscles. Exercising – or doing anything you can to avoid staying still – helps in two ways. It helps improve your balance, which will help you avoid falling. It also increases muscle mass, which helps with your control and could help avoid serious injuries.

Follow your doctor’s care plan

Be sure to take your medications properly and as directed by your doctor. Be aware of side effects that could make you tired, dizzy, or off balance.

If you depend on medical equipment, be sure to use it both inside your home and when you go outside or visit public spaces. Using assistive devices properly can help keep you safe as you are moving around.

There are simple household tips to lower your fall risk.

When you’re outside, especially in the bad weather:

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