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Take steps to prevent a fall

Anyone of any age can trip and fall, but older people are more at risk. Of the 15,900 Americans who died as a result of a fall in 1998, 80 percent were older than 65, reports About.com.

Fortunately, you can take precautions to reduce your risk, including: keeping floors clear of clutter; making sure electrical cords are out of the way; using non-skid throw rugs; installing handrails along stairs and grab bars in bathrooms and showers; keeping living areas well lit, and using a sturdy step-stool with handrails if you have to reach high for something.

And be careful using medications. Take only the recommended dosages and at the proper times. Too much of some medications can cause dizziness or light-headedness.

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