Are you afraid of falling? If you are, let us assure you that you’re not alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “One out of four older adults will fall each year in the United States, making falls a public health concern, particularly among the aging population.” With a statistic like that, it’s easy to see why one would be afraid of falling.
The good news is falling is not a normal part of aging and there are ways you can prevent it from happening. Taking the proper steps will help keep you safe and maintain your independence. Follow along as we explore 10 ways seniors can prevent falling at home.
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Get Rid of Throw Rugs
Decorative rugs may look pretty but they’re also a tripping hazard. In fact, throw rugs are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to falls. This is because they can easily bunch up causing you to trip over them.
If you’re worried about falling, it may be best to not use throw rugs at all. However, if you have one that is important to you, you may want to consider placing it in a low-traffic area.