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Keeping Seniors on Their Feet

(HealthDay News) -- When an elderly person falls, it could cause life-threatening injury.

Here are steps you can take to make your home safe for seniors, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Keep the house well lit. Use bright lamps and overhead lighting, and keep night lights throughout the house.
  • Fasten area rugs and carpeting well to the floor, and use nonskid rug pads.
  • Keep electrical cords neat and out of areas where people walk.
  • Install hand rails in bathrooms and stairways.
  • In the kitchen, keep items within easy reach. Don't store things too high, where a stepladder is needed to reach them.

-- Diana Kohnle

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