Falling is a major cause of trauma in the Valley, just behind motor vehicle accidents, said Shannon Dunn, trauma injury prevention outreach coordinator at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center.
"Injuries resulting from a fall can have a long recovery time and limit what you're able to do in the future," she noted.
Try these three tips to prevent an unwelcome tumble:
- Take a tai chi class, a graceful, gentle form of exercise. If tai chi doesn't appeal to you, choose another form of exercise — it can help reduce your chance of falling and having a serious injury.
- Be aware of your surroundings. This includes your home. Rugs, cluttered hallways and dimly lit areas each pose a threat. Be sure that your home is well lit, with clear hallways. Watch for hazards and avoid them at places you visit.
- Know your medications and their potential side effects. Some medications can cause drowsiness and/or dizziness. Mixing medications also can cause side effects. Talk to your pharmacist if you need more info about the drugs you're taking.