Dr. Natalie Sanders explains why paying attention to yourself and your surrounding is key to fall prevention.">

Jan 29, 2018 — As we get older, preventing falls becomes very important for maintaining health and independence. On today's Health Minute, geriatrician Dr. Natalie Sanders explains why paying attention to yourself and your surrounding is key to fall prevention.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: As we get older, preventing falls is really, really important because they can have devastating consequences that could ultimately lead to nursing home admission and loss of independence. Geriatrician Dr. Natalie Sanders, how can somebody prevent falls?

Dr. Sanders: So there's lots of different layers to preventing falls, but one of the most important things you can do is pay attention to yourself.

Interviewer: What do you mean by that?

Dr. Sanders: It sounds silly, but what I mean is pay attention to the clothing that you're wearing. So, for example, long pants can be a tripping hazard. If you are walking on smooth floors, then make sure that you're wearing sturdy, non-slip shoes instead of just stockings. And then, of course, if you have a cane or a walker, use it while you're at home. Do not use the walls or furniture to get around to where you're going. Of course, if you feel like you are at risk for falls or you do fall, talk with your healthcare provider to get some more tips on how to prevent falls.

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