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Keep Active!

Physical activity is any activity that moves your body and increases the amount of energy you use. Regular activity makes you stronger, improves your balance and helps prevent falls.

Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
Do at least 30 minutes of activity every day. You can break this into three sessions that last 10 minutes.
Try all three kinds of physical activity:Strength and balance exercises, such as lifting light weights, stair climbing, tai chi. Endurance exercises, such as walking and dancing.Flexibility exercises, such as tai chi, stretching and yoga.
Choose activities you enjoy!

Check Your Medication

Some medications increase your risk of falling – either on their own or when two or more are combined. As you age, the way some medications affect you can change and increase your risk of falling.
Have your doctor or pharmacist review all medications that you are taking every year.
Remember that medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Medications that relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling.
Alcohol affects medications – be careful.

Watch Your Step

Remove tripping hazards. Keep pathways, halls and stairways clear of clutter. Remove throw rugs or make sure they are secure. Look out for pets
Watch out for ice, cracks and uneven surfaces while walking.
Use a walking aid if you have balance problems. Talk to your health care provider about aids that are right for you
Have your eyes checked every year. Your eyes not only see where you are going but help with balance and movement
Wear shoes that support your feet and help you keep your balance
Avoid rushing and doing too many things at once

Speak Up About Dizziness

There are many different causes of dizziness, including some medications.
Tell your doctor if you often feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Ask your health care provider to test your blood pressure lying down and standing up. You may feel dizzy if your blood pressure drops quickly when you get up.
After lying in bed or sitting in a chair, move your arms and ankles then get up slowly.
Dehydration can make you dizzy.Drink 6 – 8 glasses of fluids including water each day or as directed by your healthcare provider.

A note from numactive – Tell your doctor or healthcare provider if you have had a fall.

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