Harvard Health Letter

Review your home with this anti-falling checklist

Search all rooms, hallways, and floors in your home to lower your risk of falling.

Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among older Americans, striking one out of three people ages 65 and older. "The most common causes are balance problems from age," says Dr. Steve Rauch, a balance expert at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. You can reduce your fall risk by going through physical therapy to improve your balance. And something you can do immediately is reduce the amount of trip hazards in your home, where most falls occur. To start, consider each room in your house, including hallways and floors, for potential danger.

Use this handy checklist below, and consider the following trip hazards in your home:

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