Don’t fall for these myths. Reduce your risk of falling

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Many people think falls are a natural part of aging, however, they can be prevented. In honor of National Fall Prevention Month, we’re providing you with tips to decrease your risk.

Lori Forck, a regional wellness coordinator for RehabCare, says even a few simple exercises can build up strength where you need it to help keep you balanced and on your feet.

“Among people who are 65 and older, one in three will have a fall each year. It’s one of those statistics that I find mind-blowing,” Forck said.

The National Council on Aging provides proven fall prevention programs for seniors across the nation. To dispel misconceptions about falls, the council debunks common myths, such as:

Myth 1: Falling happens to other people.

Fact: 1 in 3 older adults—about 12 million—fall every year in the U.S.

Myth 2: If I limit my activity or stay home, I won’t fall.

Fact: Staying active will help you remain independent and healthy. Over half of falls happen at home. Simple changes can prevent them.

Myth 3: Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained.

Fact: Exercising can help restore strength and flexibility.

Myth 4: Taking medication doesn’t increase my risk of falling.

Fact: Medications affect each person differently. Be careful when you start a new medication, and call your doctor when you have questions or concerns.

Myth 5: I don’t need to get my vision checked every year.

Fact: Vision loss increases your fall risk. Visit your eye doctor and keep your glasses prescription up to date.

Myth 6: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent.

Fact: Assistive devices, such as walkers or canes, can improve your mobility. Work with a physical therapist to find the right type of device and use it safely.