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Fall Prevention

For people with osteoporosis, preventing falls is the best way to reduce complications and prevent broken bones. The following tips can show you how.
 
Lifestyle Tips 
  • Maintain a regular exercise program to improve muscle strength and tone and keep joints flexible. Continue regular weight bearing activity such as walking. Individuals with a history of falls may benefit from a specific exercise program to improve balance.
  • Have vision and hearing tested annually
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Be careful not to get up too quickly. Rapid changes in body position can cause dizziness in some people.
  • Be careful when walking on uneven surfaces, wet, or icy pavements. Use a cane or walker to help keep your balance.
  • Wear supportive rubber-soled shoes or low-heeled shoes
  • If you are taking medications, talk to a doctor or pharmacist about side effects that could affect balance or coordination 
Making Your Home Safe
 
In stairways, hallways, and pathways be sure: 
  • There is good lighting and living areas are free of clutter
  • Carpets are firmly attached, have a rough texture or have abrasive strips to ensure stable footing
  • Handrails are tightly fastened and run the entire length and along both sides of all stairs
  • Light switches are at both the top and bottom of the stairs
 Bathrooms should have: 
  • Grab bars in the tub or shower and near the toilet
  • Nonskid mats, abrasive strips or carpet on all surfaces that may get wet
  • Night lights
 Bedrooms should have: 
  • Night lights or light switches within reach of bed
  • Telephone near the bed
 Living areas should have: 
  • Electrical cords and telephone wires placed out of walking paths
  • Well-secured rugs
  • Furniture of proper height to get into and out of easily