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What kinds of things can cause falls?
Muscle weakness, specifically of the lower legs, medications, any kind of visual deficit, arthritis, depression, any kind of neurological deficit or cardiovascular deficit.
After a fall, should I limit my activities?
No, many times people have a fear of falling and they limit their regular activities, which can really decrease the quality of life.
Can medications put me at risk for falls?
Yes, you should absolutely have your doctor review your medication on a regular basis, especially if you've had any new changes in your medication or any changes in dosage. Many medications have dizziness listed as one of the side effects.
Is there anything else I can do to prevent falls?
Yes, get your vision checked at least on a yearly basis. Make your house a little more fall proof. Make sure you have a safe pathway. Remove the clutter and have night-lights. Throw away or tape down any throw rugs. Install grab bars in the bathroom. Avoid climbing up on chairs or getting up on ladders.