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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As we age, we may become concerned about our balance.  Contrary to popular believe, dizziness and imbalance are not a normal part of aging and neither are falls. 

More than half of falls occur at home. Falls often result in brain injury, hip fracture, and loss of independence. Falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Many falls are preventable! 
You may be at risk of falling if you: feel dizzy or unsteady while standing or walking, have impaired vision such as cataracts, outdated prescription lenses, or macular degeneration, or take medication that helps with sleep or mood because they may have side effects that increase your fall risk. 

There are ways to prevent falls. You should wear well-fitting, supportive shoes and have your vision checked every year. By removing or securing any trip hazards and having the rooms in your home are well lit, it may help you move around comfortably. Keep moving! Do activities that you enjoy to make your legs stronger and improve your balance. 
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