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6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall


(NCOA) Did you know that 1 in 4 older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults over the age of 65. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you have an aging parent, grandparent or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is an excellent way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible. The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented—the key is knowing where to look. This article provides an overview of some common factors that can lead to a fall, and what you can do to prevent them.

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