Staying On Your Feet

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injuries for people ages 65 and up? Fortunately, many of these falls can be prevented. Here are some helpful safety tips from our director of Physical Therapy, Janice Zike, PT.

1. Place night-lights in hallways and bathrooms. Well-lit walkways can help reduce the risk of tripping or stumbling into items at night.

2. Try to keep common walkways free of throw rugs and clutter, especially if using assistive devices such as walkers, crutches, or canes.

3. Keep an open mind about using a cane or walker. For someone who struggles with their balance or has a history of falls, walking aids can be most helpful.

For more helpful tips on how to help lower the risk of falling, please visit

www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention

orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic