To further reduce the risk of falls, make your living areas safer.

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How can exercise programs for the elderly reduce the risks of falling?

To further reduce the risk of falls, make your living areas safer.

Many seniors spend much of their time at home, and one-half to two-thirds of all falls occur in or around the home. Most fall injuries are caused by falls on the same level, rather than falls down the stairs. To make living areas safer, seniors should remove tripping hazards, such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways and install non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. Installing grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower and having handrails put in on both sides of stairways will also give seniors a way to break their fall should they trip or slip. Finally, improving improve lighting throughout the home can help.

   

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