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Did you know that falling is NOT a normal part of aging? Yet, falls remain the leading cause of serious injuries and death in older adults. The good news is falls are preventable, and there are proven steps the elderly can take to reduce their risk. Here are some tips for fall prevention:

Find a good balance and exercise program.
Exercises for fall prevention are ones that build balance, strength, and flexibility. Find a program you like and take a friend.

Talk to your health care provider.
Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses.
Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

Keep your home safe to prevent falls.
Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

Talk to your family members.
Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.

Wear the right kind of shoes.
Proper footwear is often overlooked but plays a significant role in fall prevention. Choose footwear that provides good arch support, a non-slip sole, and a secure fit. Avoid shoes with worn-out soles, as they can increase the risk of tripping and falling.

Stay hydrated and eat well.
Maintaining good overall health is essential for fall prevention. Dehydration and poor nutrition can lead to weakness and dizziness, increasing the risk of falls.

Join a supportive community.
Being part of a community that promotes active and healthy aging can make a significant difference in preventing future falls. Look for opportunities at local senior communities like John Knox Village or other groups that offer exercise classes and educational workshops on fall prevention.

John Knox Village is committed to empowering all older adults in the area to reduce their risk of falls and helping them to live independently as long as they can. Our fitness center offers personal trainers and classes to help with fall prevention exercises for the elderly. Contact our Fitness Center at 816-347-2187. The Village Outpatient Therapy serves the community as well as our residents and can help with physical and occupational therapy. They can be reached at 816-347-2738.