When your bones are weak, a simple
fall can cause a broken bone. This can mean a trip to the
hospital and maybe surgery. It might also mean being laid up
for a long time, especially in the case of a hip fracture.
So, it is important to prevent falls. Some things you can do
Make sure you can see and hear
well. Use your glasses or a hearing aid if needed.
Ask your doctor if any of the
drugs you are taking can make you dizzy or unsteady on
Use a cane or walker if your
walking is unsteady.
Wear rubber-soled and low-heeled
Make sure all the rugs and
carpeting in your house are firmly attached to the
floor, or donít use them.
Keep your rooms well lit and the
floor free of clutter.
You can find more suggestions in the
National Institute on Agingís Preventing Falls and
Fractures Age Page, also available from the National
Institute on Aging Information Center listed in the resource