Preventing Accidental Falls
Especially among senior citizens, accidental falls can be prevented. Fayetteville's Fire Department offers this advice:
Reduce your chances of falling by beginning and maintaining a regular exercise program. Exercise makes you stronger, helps you feel better and improves balance and coordination. Non-strenuous exercise like Tai Chi can be very beneficial. Ask your doctor or health care worker about the best type of exercise program for you.
Make your Home Safer
About half of all accidental falls happen at home, so remove tripping hazards (papers, books, clothes and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk. Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
In the Bathroom:
In the Kitchen:
Around the House:
Have your doctor or pharmacist examine the medicines you take (including ones that don't need prescriptions such as cold medicines). As you get older, the way some medicines work in your body can change and make you drowsy or light-headed.
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision.