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Fall prevention: what every senior and caregiver should know

It’s easy to think it’ll never happen to you, but falls among older adults are much more common than you might think: Every year, one in four people over the age of 65 fall.

A fall can lead to serious medical complications, a stay in the hospital or worse. But the good news is falls aren’t something you’re bound to experience. Whether you’re a senior or a caregiver, understanding practical steps to prevent falls can help build independence – no matter what you’re up to.

For Health’s Sake recently spoke with Marlee Dachel, a physical therapist at Amery Hospital & Clinic, about how to reduce the risk of a fall. Marlee gave us her expert opinion on:

  • Easy ways seniors can improve their balance and strength (including how to get started right now)
  • How you can arrange your home to make a fall less likely
  • The biggest risk factors that lead to falling – and where to turn for personalized help

Your golden years are a time to savor everything life has to offer, and fear of a fall doesn’t need to slow you down. Listen in to learn how to avoid falls, stay active and get around with more confidence.