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Lower Your Risk of Falling 


The Basics

You can make small changes to help prevent falls. More than 1 in 3 older adults will fall each year. Falling can lead to broken bones, trouble getting around, and other health problems, especially if you are over age 64.

A fracture (broken bone) can cause pain and disability. It can also make it hard to do everyday activities, like cooking a meal, without help. Hip fractures are a major cause of health problems and death among older adults.

You don’t have to be afraid of falling. Take these steps to prevent falls:

  • Exercise to improve your balance and leg strength.
  • Ask your doctor to review your medicines. Some medicines can make you dizzy or sleepy.
  • Have your vision checked at least every 1 to 2 years. Update your glasses or contact lenses when your vision changes.
  • Make your home safer by fixing possible dangers. For example, add stair railings and move cords you could trip over.
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