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Fall Prevention: FAQ

1. What are the common causes of falls in seniors?

  • Poor balance, muscle weakness, vision problems, medications, environmental hazards, chronic health conditions, and lack of physical activity are some of the common causes of falls in seniors.

2. How can seniors make their homes safer to prevent falls?

  • Seniors can make their homes safer by removing tripping hazards, installing grab bars and non-slip mats, maintaining a well-lit environment, and considering home modifications like wheelchair ramps or stairlifts.

3. What type of items can help with fall prevention?

4. How can seniors create a fall prevention plan?

  • Seniors can work with their doctor, family members, or caregivers to create a fall prevention plan that includes strategies for improving mobility, home safety, and medication management.

5. What are the best exercises for seniors to improve balance and prevent falls?

  • Walking, tai chi, water aerobics, and other low-impact exercises can help improve balance, flexibility, and strength, reducing the risk of falls.

6. What should seniors do if they experience a fall?

  • Seniors should seek medical attention after a fall, even if they do not experience any pain or visible injuries. They should also report the fall to their doctor or caregiver to determine the cause and prevent future falls.

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