What advice would you give to prevent falls?
One important piece of advice is: stay healthy. Walk around and keep the lower extremities strong. An active lifestyle is very important. And be aware of your surroundings. That's tougher for older individuals, because their senses and awareness of their surroundings is not as keen as younger individuals. But it's also very important that people not be overly afraid of falling. Fear should not prevent you from going outside and exercising and doing your activities. Just take some considerations of your surroundings and eliminate all of the hazards associated with fall accidents.
Source: Dr. Thurman Lockhart, Virginia Polytech Institute , Denver Post, Jan 15, 2003