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Safety Alert: From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Date:3/17/2009

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  • Get an annual physical and eye examination, particularly an evaluation of cardiac and blood pressure problems.
  • Maintain a diet with adequate dietary calcium and vitamin D.
  • Do not smoke and avoid excessive use of alcohol.
  • Participate in an exercise program for agility, strength, balance and coordination.
  • Eliminate all tripping hazards in your home and install grab bars, handrails and other safety devices
  • Wear properly- fitting shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Never walk in your stocking feet.
  • Some tips to Keep Your Home Safe:

    • Place a lamp, telephone and flashlight near your bed.
    • Sleep on a bed that is easy to get into and out of.
    • Arrange clothes in your closet so that they are easy-to-reach.
    • Install a night-light along the route between your bedroom and the bathroom.
    • Keep all areas of the house clutter free.
    • Arrange furniture so you have a clear pathway between rooms.
    • Install easy-access light switches at entrances to rooms so you won't have to walk into a darkened room in order to turn on the light. Glow-in-the-dark switches may be helpful.
    • Don't sit in a chair or on a sofa that is so low it is difficult to stand up.
    • Clean up immediately any liquids, grease, or food spilled on the floor.
    • Install grab bars on the bathroom walls.
    • Stabilize yourself on the toilet by using either a raised seat or a special toilet seat with armrests.
    • Use a sturdy, plastic seat in the bathtub if you cannot lower yourself to the floor of the tub or if you are unsteady.

    For more information go to www.orthoinfo.org


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