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Here are some things you can do to stay independent and prevent falls:

  1. Improve your balance and strength - you can do this by trying the home exercises on this website or attending a regular exercise class. Look for the FP icon to identify exercise classes that can help prevent falls.

  2. Pay attention to what you are doing and don’t rush.

  3. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medication to check if any of them could make you dizzy or increase your risk of falling.

  4. Make your home environment as safe as possible
    • Remove tripping hazards such as loose mats and rugs and clutter
    • Improve the lighting in your home especially on stairs
    • Install railings and grab bars if they are needed.

  5. Check your shoes – make sure your shoes fit well and are supportive. Check the soles to make sure they are not slippery.

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