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Seniors, take steps to avoid a fall

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Falls suffered by seniors are the leading cause of emergency calls in Pinellas County. In addition to injuries, falls have other negative consequences, including a loss of independence.

Reduce the risk of falling by making small changes:

– Enroll in fitness programs like Silver Sneakers, which focus on building balance and strength.

– Meet with your health care provider about your risk of falling. Inform them of health changes, including vision and hearing.

– Remove tripping hazards like loose carpets.

– Improve lighting and install handrails.

– Avoid rapid position changes from reclined to standing.

Making changes like these will reduce your chances of falling.

Charlene Cobb, Sunstar Paramedics

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