Dr. Mark Says:
Falls are not a necessary part of getting older and can often be prevented by changing a few things in your environment and your daily life. With your doctor’s approval, start a regular exercise program to strengthen your muscles and improve your balance. Good, supportive shoes will also help.
You can make your home safer, too, by keeping the floors clear of loose rugs, newspapers and other items. Have handrails installed on all stairways and in the bathrooms. Have your vision and eyeglasses checked regularly, and ask your doctor to review all your medications to avoid side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.