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Medical Alert Systems Provider Announces Online Fall Detection and Prevention Tool
Date:2/24/2010

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In addition to learning how to prevent a fall-related injury and having an effective medical alarm service in place, here are ten living-well tips for seniors and their loved ones that can help prevent potentially devastating falls.

1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Look before you leap! Always look where you are walking to be sure there’s nothing you could trip on or over. Walk slowly: rushing puts you off balance. Use a cane or walker if it has been prescribed, and if you don’t feel well, ask someone to help you.

2. Get Plenty of Rest, Proper Nutrition and Hydration
Fuel up first! Be sure to eat properly and drink plenty of water. Sleep – being tired makes you less aware and more likely to bump into objects. Follow the advice of your doctor and caregivers.

3. Clear Out the Clutter
Make your home safer. Get rid of anything that could cause you to trip and fall. This includes furniture or excess clutter. Arrange furniture so you have a clear pathway between rooms. Remove low coffee tables, magazine racks, footstools, and plants from pathways. Don’t forget the added benefit – it will make your home easier to clean!

4. Avoid Trip-Ups
Keep it clear! Remove area rugs, cover extension cords and other things that lie on the floor or across walkways that can block your path and cause you to trip.

5. Clearance
Give yourself plenty of room. Make sure you have 36 to 42 inches of clearance in your walking path and avoid squeezing through narrow passag
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