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around your home safely can be a challenge if you have injuries or health
problems that make it easy for you to fall. Many health problems can increase
your risk of falling—poor eyesight, balance problems caused by disease like
stroke or Parkinson's disease, side effects of medicines, weakness or pain in
the legs and feet, and confusion or dementia.
For people with
these conditions, common things like loose rugs, poor lighting, and household
clutter can become a big safety issue. But there are easy things you can do to
make your home a lot safer.
If you have questions about this information, take it with you when you
visit your doctor. You may want to mark areas or make notes in the margins
where you have questions.
You can make some
simple changes in your home and in the way you do some daily activities to
reduce your risk of falling.
Many falls occur during bathing.
August 16, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Elizabeth A. Phelan, MD, MS - Geriatric Medicine
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