Falls are the main cause of injury and subsequent death among persons 65 and older. We age. We become less active. We become less physically steady. We become less physically able to do the things we did 3, 5 or 10 years ago. Women are especially at risk because we lose bone density. Our bones become brittle and break easier. And after a fall, many older adults fear falling again so they limit their activities even more. Prevention is the key. Exercise regularly. Be cautious when changing positions from sitting to standing and vice versa. Keep your home clear of clutter and unnecessary items like throw rugs and items easily tripped over. Add safety devices for example grab bars in the bathroom, a raised toilet seat, an extra railing on the stairs. Make the choice to be steady on your feet and safe in your home.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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