Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Falling10/05/12
(HealthDay News) -- Elderly people may be at greater risk of
falling, but there are things seniors can do to help reduce their
risk of taking a spill.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions:
- Keep at least one hand free while walking. Use a backpack or
fanny pack to carry things when possible.
- While you walk, swing your arms from front to back and
carefully lift your feet completely off the ground with each
- Make a wide arc when turning, rather than trying to turn
- Avoid doing other things while you walk.
- When standing, keep your feet shoulder-width apart; when
changing positions, move slowly and pay attention to your
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