NYT – Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them



  •  for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016
    • 111 per 100,000 people
  • measures to help prevent a fall
    • Exercise – 20 minutes a day
    • Careful with medications – some can compromise balance
    • Re-accessorize
      • Avoid bifocal/progressive lenses when walking outside
      • Footwear – avoid anything a foot slides into – all shoes should have a back, good tread
      • Use can/walker
    • Eliminate tripping hazards
      • Keep a light on at night
    • Bathroom breaks
      • Hydration significant help to avoid dizziness – lots of water throughout day
      • Don’t wait till desperate to go
      • Frequent bathroom trips also have added advantage of the sit/stand is good exercise for balance

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