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Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013 10:24 am | Updated: 10:33 am, Mon Sep 23, 2013.

This week is “Falls Prevention Awareness Week.”

It’s designed to help older adults decrease their chances of falling, since falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries and injury deaths among people over age 65.

There are a lot of contributing factors to falls, diet being one of them especially when someone goes long periods of time without eating and becomes weak.

Things like improper lighting, throw rugs, and coffee tables can also cause someone to trip.

Older people should also consider hand rails throughout their home- even the bathroom.

One of the best ways to decrease your risk of falling is to stay in shape. Strong quadriceps muscles are vital for balance and recommends all older adults develop an exercise routine. Tai-chi is aso great for developing balance, but any exercise, even walking, is great.

The centers for disease control estimates one in every three adults age 65 and older falls each year.

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