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Medical Mondays: Preventing Falls Among Seniors


WRITTEN BY: Aging Institute
Monday, September 14th, 2015

Falls are the number one cause of injury in adults over age 65. In fact, more than 1/3 of people age 65 and older fall each year, which often result in serious injuries, including head injuries, lacerations, and hip fractures.

While falls may be common, it’s estimated that many can be prevented. In this segment, you’ll learn about simple methods to help prevent falls, as well as where to seek care for someone who has suffered a fall.

Simple Methods To Help Prevent Falls

  • Exercising regularly
  • Vision screenings
  • Having medications reviewed by a doctor
  • Checking home for safety

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The Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh is a catalyst for change, mobilizing the resources of UPMC and the University to the benefit of older adults, their caregivers, and the community at large. The Aging Institute strives to provide integrated, comprehensive and timely access to a full range of services for senior citizens and all members of the public. Read More