Staying on your feet.

Falls are common among older
adults and can cause a lot of problems.

However, they can be prevented, and usually without medical intervention. The CDC reported that one in three people over 65 falls each year, making it the leading
cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for the age group. Falling’s effects can persist for a long time, making it harder to get around and easier to
suffer another injury.

Exercise should be the first defense against falls. Some senior living communities offer workout and rehabilitation
programs that can help. Increasing balance with exercises like tai chi can also have ancillary benefits like making it easier to get around and boosting
mood. Weight training will also increase muscle and bone strength, further reducing injury risk.

Keeping your eyes open and your legs moving should help you enjoy another safe
summer.

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questions, care needs, and much more!

Chronic Conditions May Increase Fall Risk Up to 54%

Some diseases common in adults over age 65, like heart disease, diabetes, COPD, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis put those with the conditions at a significantly higher likelihood of suffering a serious fall. But combining prevention and preparation can help you or your loved one stay safer and healthier.

Know the Fall Risks
Who is more at risk of a fall that requires hospitalization: Someone with COPD or diabetes? What if you have more than one chronic condition?

Prevention & Preparation in the Face of Increased Fall Risk
As people age, they experience physical changes that increase the likelihood of falls: reflexes slow, muscle mass decreases and visions worsens. But add a chronic condition, and your chances of a serious fall multiply exponentially.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Cognitive impairment increases the chance of serious falls by 50+%. Learn more and get tips to avoid them.

COPD & Asthma
Studies show a direct link between COPD and fall risk in older adults. Find out how to manage your symptoms and risk.

Diabetes
This condition can lead to neuropathy, stroke, kidney disease and more — adding to a senior’s fall risk. Learn more.

Heart Conditions
42.2 million seniors in the U.S. live with heart disease and the accompanying greater risk for falls. Find out what you can do.

Osteoporosis & Arthritis
When natural muscle loss combines with arthritis, sufferers are more likely to fall. Try these tips for prevention and preparation.

Fall Proofing your home

Simple changes can help make your home safer. The section called fall proofing your home offers some tips for preventing falls at home.