• Make your home safer by removing fall hazards and improving lighting.
  • Remove clutter such as loose papers, boxes, wires and phone cords from walk paths and stairways.
  • Add lighting or make lights brighter, especially in stairways. Consider a nightlight in the bathroom, bedroom and hallways.
  • Install bath grips or grab bars in your tub or shower.
  • Used non-skid liners under rugs or (even better) remove rugs completely.
  • Exercise regularly. It increases strength, flexibility and balance.
  • Have your eyes checked at least once a year.
  • Wear the right footwear. The safest shoes fit your feet, have low heels and nonslip soles, and either lace up or are secured with fabric fasteners.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications, both prescription and over- the- counter. Many medicines can cause side effects such as weakness or dizziness.

— Source: Hawaii State Department of Health


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