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Preventing falls in older adults

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 will fall EACH year. The average cost per adult per fall is more than $19,000 and falls tend to increase during the winter months.

How can we prevent falls?

  • Wear footwear
  • Get rid of area rugs
  • Don't over decorate for the holidays
  • Stay active
  • Practice balance - if you don't use it you lose it!

Good exercises the promote balance:

  • step overs with couch pillow
  • arm swings while walking
  • stand on one leg with eyes closed and count to 10, then switch legs
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