*(Cody, Wyo.)* - Every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65. Among this group, falls are the leading cause of injury. These injuries are treated in an emergency department every 13 seconds and claim a life every 20 minutes. Although falls pose various health risks--they can be prevented. Here's your Health Tip Tuesday (#htt)! *What can older adults do to prevent falls?* - Ask your healthcare provider about falls and what you can do to prevent them. - Reduce your risk of falling by exercising regularly. Tai Chi programs are proven to be especially good for this. - Have an eye exam at least once a year. - Make your home safer by: 1. Get rid of things you could trip over. 2. Add grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet. 3. Put railings on both sides of stairs. 4. Ensure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter lightbulbs. For more information on older adult fall prevention, click here
Thank you for the tips West Park Hospital!
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