It's Fall Prevention Awareness Day today. If you are caring for a elderly loved one, or if you yourself are getting up in years, you know the importance of preventing falls. An otherwise healthy person can find them in a downward of spiral of medical problems after a fall.
Ways to prevent falls are to keep the floors clear and minimize or get rid of throw rugs, install grab bars in the bathroom, make sure there is adequate lighting, practice your balance with yoga or tai chi, and talk to your doctors about your medications if they are making you dizzy or groggy.
Click below for a printable document on fire and fall prevention.
The Falls Prevention Helpline at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is 1-800-227-SAFE. Call for information and resources about falls prevention in your community.
Thanks to Sue Scheible at the Patriot Ledger blog A Good Age for posting about this important issue.