Health Tip: Preventing Falls

Keeping the elderly on their feet

(HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of serious injury or accidental death in people over age 65.

Even strong and healthy seniors are at risk of falling due to the normal effects of aging -- such as poor balance, waning eyesight, and side effects from some medications.

To prevent falls and reduce the risk of injury, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends switching soft-soled slippers for shoes with non-skid soles. Also be sure that floors are clear, with electrical cords well-secured and out of the way.

Handrails in stairways and metal bars on bathroom walls can give seniors something to grab onto if they feel unsteady.

Keep rooms and hallways well lit with lamps or night lights. Remove loose rugs and carpets, or securely fasten them to the floor. Be sure that all flooring, including sidewalks and garage floors, are smooth and even.

Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on April 17, 2006

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