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National Fall Prevention Awareness Week is here!
Written By: Linda Nelson - Compass Realtor ~ 9/21/2023


Did you know that falling among older adults is not a natural part of aging? Each year, there are about 37 million falls among older adults, resulting in 3 million emergency department visits. But guess what? Most of these falls are preventable! That's right, with the right knowledge and precautions, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling. S o, what can you do to prevent falls? The first and most crucial step is talking with your healthcare provider. They can assess your risk factors, review your medications, and recommend specific exercises to improve balance and strength.

But wait, there's more! Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind:

  1. Keep your home safe: Remove any tripping hazards like loose rugs or cluttered pathways. Install grab bars in the bathroom and ensure proper lighting throughout your home.
  2. Stay active: Engage in activities that improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. Yoga, tai chi, and even walking can work wonders!
  3. Review your medications: Certain medications can make you feel dizzy or lightheaded, increasing your risk of falling. Regularly consult your doctor to assess and adjust your medications if necessary.
  4. Get your eyes checked: Poor vision can contribute to falls. Schedule regular eye exams to ensure you have the right prescription and address any eye health concerns.

Remember, a fall can have serious consequences, but by taking proactive steps, you can significantly reduce your risk. This National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, let's prioritize our safety and well-being. Share these tips with your loved ones and help create a safer environment for everyone. Together, we can prevent falls and enjoy a happy, healthy life!

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