12 Tips To Avoid Falls & Fractures

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Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death. Seniors are the most at risk for a serious fall because of changes in balance and strength that can come with aging.

Taking a few common sense precautions can help prevent falls and hip fractures. The following basic actions could save your life, prevent a hip fracture and keep you independent longer.

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1. Exercise

When you have osteoporosis, keeping still may seem like the best way to prevent falls and broken bones. But exercise improves strength, flexibility, and balance — which help you stay on your feet. Stick with low-impact activities like walking or swimming rather than sports that require bending and twisting, like golf, or those with a high risk of falling, like skiing. Experts often recommend tai chi.

2. Talk to Your Doctor About Your Meds