Shine a light on fall prevention
Falling is especially dangerous for older adults, who may be more likely to break a bone. Making sure your home has good lighting is one of the steps you can take to avoid a tumble.
Here are some places around your home where you might want to add new overhead lights or install brighter bulbs.
WHERE GOOD LIGHTING MAY HELP
- Top and bottom of stairways.
- Each end of hallways.
- Bathrooms (add night-lights).
Bonus tip: Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries by your bed in case the power goes out and you need to get up at night.
Sources: National Council on Aging; National Institute on Aging
Learn how balance exercises can also help keep you steady on your feet and less likely to fall.
American Occupational Therapy Association. "Falls Prevention and Home Modification." https://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Practice/Aging/Resources/Focus-On-Falls-Prevention-Home-Mod-Booklet.pdf.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Keep on Your Feet." https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/older-adult-falls/index.html.
National Council on Aging. "6 Fall Prevention Steps to Help Your Older Loved Ones." https://www.ncoa.org/article/6-falls-prevention-steps-to-help-your-older-loved-ones.
National Institute on Aging: "Preventing Falls at Home: Room by Room." https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/preventing-falls-home-room-room.
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