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Preventing Falls

As you or your loved ones get older, you begin to be concerned about the potential of an injury-producing fall. Simply getting older is not a cause of falling. There are many other factors that can lead to this type of injury. In order to reduce the risk of falling, keep these tips in mind. 

Keep in Shape 
A regular program of exercise can keep you strong and healthy. It improves coordination and balance and reduces weakness in your muscles. Ask your doctor about the best exercise program for you.  

Make Your Home Safe 
About half of all falls among the elderly happen at home. Remove items from walkways that are tripping hazards. Never leave anything on stairs. Make sure that these areas are well lit and have handrails. Throw rugs should be secured with carpet tape or removed. Place frequently used items within reach. Place non-slip mats in the shower and tub. And don’t forget to wear shoes that have a non-slip sole, fit securely, and have good support. 

Talk to Your Doctor 
Have your health care provider review your medication. Some medications, or combinations of drugs, can lead to drowsiness or dizziness. Be sure to tell your doctor about any over-the-counter drugs you are taking as well. You should also have your eyesight checked frequently by an eye doctor.

At Waterside Residences on Quivira, the premier apartments in Lenexa, Kansas, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way of life through education that promotes self-care.

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