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Date:4/7/2009

in Ouchida, co-director of the Montefiore Geriatric Home Visiting Program in New York City. "And as someone who works in geriatrics, it was nice to see these positive results reinforcing what we already do."

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Learn more about keeping your home safe and preventing falls from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Falls Don't Have to Happen

When it comes to preventing a fall, Dr. Karin Ouchida, medical director of the Montefiore Medical Center's Home Health Agency, said that "simple things can make a big difference." Some changes that can help, she said, include:

  • Removing throw rugs from areas where you walk.
  • Improving lighting throughout the house.
  • Installing grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Having an occupational therapist recommend energy-saving devices, such as a grabber that can help you put your clothes on, or pick up something that's fallen.



SOURCES: Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D., director, Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, and professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia; Karin Ouchida, M.D., clinical instructor, medicine, division of geriatrics, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and co-director, Montefiore Geriatric Home Visiting Program, and medical director, Montefiore Home Health Agency, New York City; March 2009 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society


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