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 This Fall - No Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States and among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. Falls are cited as the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions. They are also one of the main reasons for long term care placements and if your loved one falls and needs placement to recover, the chances are good that they will never return to their home.

So now that I have your attention, it is time for us all to pay attention to what we need to do to help prevent our loved ones from falling. Some of the best advice includes: home modifications, (including clutter reduction), medication management (consult with your loved one's doctor), balance and strengthening exercises as well as regular physical activity.

What better time to remind yourself of the importance of fall prevention for you and your loved ones than in the Fall season. If we all act now, we can look forward to having a better spring in our steps by this Spring.

Watch for the November/December issue of Today's Caregiver magazine which will include even more advice for fall prevention techniques.

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Gary Barg

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