Stay Balanced: 10 Easy Steps to Prevent Falls

By Staff Reports

(Kaiser Permanente)– Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people aged 65 and older?

A study published late last year in the Journal of American Medical Association shows we already know how to stop these falls. For example, encouraging physical exercise and correcting poor vision are extremely beneficial. And older patients also do better when health care teams tailor fall prevention advice specifically to them. All we need to do is use that knowledge, says Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, vice president for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington; executive director, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

Dr. Larson knows this to be true because of his own mother’s experiences — she had suffered broken bones from past falls. After starting a daily habit of walking and leg-lifting exercises, she became stronger, gained better balance, and experienced fewer falls.

Gleaned from these learnings with his mother, his own work and research elsewhere, Dr. Larson shares 10 simple tips to help prevent falls.

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