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Published: Sunday, October 26, 2008
Falls are the leading cause of injuries to older people in the United States. Each year, more than 11 million senior citizens fall—that’s one of every three people over 65. As the body ages, changes in your eyesight, hearing, coordination, balance and physical strength can increase your chances of falling. In addition, as you age, your bones will become more brittle, making injuries more serious, and healing will be slower if you do fall. Falls, slips and trips are caused by a variety of things. There are changes, including home modifications, that seniors and caregivers can do to help prevent falls.
Tips to Prevent Falls Tripping
In the Bathroom
There are many things you can do to help prevent falls as you age. The care you take now, could prevent a fall later. Take falls seriously, and call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.
For help finding a doctor, call 1.877.UT.CARES (1.877.882.2737).
Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program, any medication side effects or about modifications you can make to prevent falls.
“Preventing Falls: Keeping Seniors Living Independently.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2007.
“Preventing Falls Among Seniors.” National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002.
“Aging in Place Home Remodeling Ideas.” Ageinplace.com, 2008.