Health Tip: Help Prevent Falls

What you can do to remain upright

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(HealthDay News) -- Falling and potentially hurting yourself isn't a foregone part of getting older.

To help prevent falls, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:

  • Keep your home well lit, and install night lights throughout.
  • Keep rugs securely fastened, or use a backing that prevents skidding. Make sure shoes have sturdy, nonskid soles.
  • Don't leave electrical cords in areas where you walk.
  • Install hand rails in the bathroom at the toilet and in the shower.
  • Make sure stairways have railings on both sides.

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