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Preventing Dangerous Slips and Falls: The American Foundation for the Blind Launches New Video Series on Staying Safe at Home
Date:5/5/2009

NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Older Americans Month, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has launched a new series of videos on preventing dangerous, unintentional falls among seniors with vision loss. This year's theme for Older Americans Month -- "Living Today for a Better Tomorrow" -- reflects the Administration on Aging's (AoA) focus on prevention efforts and programs throughout the country that are helping older adults have better health as they age and avoid the risks of chronic disease, disability, and injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults aged 65 and older fall each year in the United States. People with vision loss are almost twice as likely to experience multiple falls as those with normal vision.

"Though vision problems increase your risk of falling, there are a number of things seniors can do to stay safe at home," said Judy Scott, Director of the AFB Center on Vision Loss. "For example, regular exercise like tai chi helps balance, and improving the lighting in your home makes it easier to see your surroundings."

The video series, Preventing Falls by Adapting Your Home, suggests simple and inexpensive changes to a home that can dramatically lessen the chances of a dangerous fall. The videos, created with the help of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Community Occupational Services Program, offer simple steps to prevent falls, increase mobility, and make a home a safer environment. The series is available on AFB Senior Site(R) at www.afb.org/seniorsite/falls, and on DVD through the AFB bookstore at www.afb.org/store.

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