Preventing Falls

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of four older people fall each year. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. The good news is that falls can be prevented.

Deserene Curry, Broward Health North's quality management specialist, shares five tips on preventing falls to keep you and your loved ones safe:

1. Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength and balance.

2. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications. Some medications may put you a risk for getting dizzy and falling. 

3. Make annual eye check-ups a priority and update your eyeglasses as needed.

4. Wear appropriate footwear at all times.

5. Make your home safer by removing clutter and tripping hazards, putting railings on all stairs, placing grab bars in the bathroom, and ensuring areas are well lighted -- especially on stairs.