All About Falls:
Causes, Prevention, and What to Do If It Happens (3)

Has someone ever told you, “You should have your head examined”? Well, they are right when it comes to the eyes. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling, so have your eyes checked regularly by an eye doctor. Find out if you may be wearing the wrong glasses, or have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts, since these can cause diminished vision. Also, ask your doctor about taking supplements that have been shown to support eye function; some sources say Lutein is a good supplement for this, while others swear by carrots.
Exercise increases one’s strength, improves mood, stimulates circulation, and gives a sense of accomplishment. Exercises geared toward improving balance and coordination (such as Tai Chi) are even more valuable to seniors. Ask your doctor and/or a health club or trainer about the various exercise programs you can try, then decide which is best for you, based on your time, budget, and goals.
For many, the easiest and cheapest way to start exercising is to just go outside and walk – around the block, or two blocks, or in a park, etc. Work up to longer distances each week. Then try running instead of walking. Keep striving for more striding. Remember: the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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