As we know, falls can lead to injuries and broken bones – which can make it difficult to do our daily activities like taking a bath or getting dressed.  More serious falls can result in the need for a nursing home and ultimately loss of independence.  On the other hand, preventing falls and broken bones throughout your life can lead to less chronic pain as you get older.  You will also be able to get around more easily by yourself, thereby keeping your independence.  Below we have outlined some simple tips to help prevent falls and live a longer, healthier life:

  1. Exercise.  Better balance and strength come with exercise.  Try weight-bearing exercises such as: walking, weight training, or climbing stairs regularly to maintain healthy bones and muscles.
  2. Get screened.  Talk with your doctor about a bone density test to help catch bone loss early.  You can also review your diet with your doctor to ensure you’re getting enough calcium.
  3. Improve lighting.  Place nightlights in hallways and bathrooms to guide your steps in the dark.  You can also consider adding brighter lighting to areas that are dark.
  4. Review medications.  Each year you should review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist to ensure you are aware of any potential side effects that could lead to a fall.
  5. Install grab bars.  Mount grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower to improve your stability on slippery or wet surfaces.

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