(U.S. News) It frequently escapes our attention how much damage a fall can do. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 250,000 older Americans are hospitalized for hip fractures every year, with falling acknowledged as the primary cause. Additional risks of falls include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and even death. Even the fear of falling can take a serious toll, causing seniors to cut down daily activates—which in turn results in less activity and, by extension, a weaker muscle structure and sense of balance.
Do you want to know what you can do to reduce the risk of falling and maintain an active lifestyle? The following article presents 14 tips to get you started.