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What everyday things cause elderly people to fall?

Many everyday things can cause elderly people to fall. While it's true that falling can be caused by health conditions such as low blood pressure, medications or a problem with the brain or inner ear, there are other more common, everyday contributors, like:
  • Foot problems, such as painful or numb feet or wearing the wrong footwear (like high heels, backless shoes and slippers or shoes with slick leather soles).
  • Rushing or not paying attention.
  • Weak muscles (especially in the legs and core).
  • Vertigo.
  • Wearing multifocal glasses.
  • Poor vision. Get eye exams every one or two years at age 65 or older; every one to three between ages 55 and 64; and every two to four years between 40 and 54.
  • Being overly anxious about falling. While researching seniors and falling, scientists found that those with a fear of falling withdrew from physical activity and as a result, their strength diminished, thus increasing their risk of falling.
This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.
Everyday things that cause elderly people to fall include extension cords across the floor, loose rugs and pets. Unfortunately, falling is a common problem for many elderly people.

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