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Preventing Falls in the Elderly

According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three people over the age of 65 will end up falling down.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Doctors often see elderly patients come in after experiencing a fall. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three people over the age of 65 will end up falling down. The percentage increases the older you get. They say the main cause of falls is from the home and environmental setup. Experts say decluttering the home, being conscious of climatic changes and putting enough light in your home are some ways to prevent a fall.

"People should make sure they have clear ways in their house. They should get rid of any rugs that can cause a tripping factor. Make sure they have clear walkways if they are going to be going from their front door to any bedroom, bathroom, kitchen. Make sure that the chords are put up like with lamps," said Melinda Brown, Director of Freeman Health Essentials. 

Another important thing to do if you know you will be alone for a while is to make sure someone checks up on you periododically or have a system alert in case you have a fall.

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