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HHS Healthbeat

Seniors on their feet

Staying on their feet often can be hard for seniors. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Judy Stevens says that, in a given year, about 1 in 3 people ages 65 and older will have a fall.

“Most falls don’t cause injuries. But 1 out of 5 causes a serious injury like a head injury or a fracture. And each year, there are about 260,000 hip fractures.”

Stevens says falls commonly have more than one cause. These include muscle weakness, poor balance, a tripping hazard such as a throw rug, side effects of some medications, and not being able to see well.

Ways to reduce the risk include strength and balance exercises, annual eye exams, and fall-proofing the house by de-cluttering, improving lighting, and adding grab rails in and outside bathtubs and showers.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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