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Physical therapist suggests tips to help older adults avoid risks of falling

from New York Institute of Technology via The Medical News

As the National Council on Aging designates Sept. 22 as National Falls Prevention Day, NYIT Associate Professor Veronica Southard says older adults should be mindful of the risks of falling, but not let their fears take over their lives. "Fear of falling causes people to fall," says Southard, a physical therapist at NYIT School of Health Professions. "It's a cycle: you're afraid of falling so you're afraid to move; you're afraid to move and you get weak; you get weak and you're more likely to fall." Instead, says Southard, the best thing older adults (anyone over 50) can do is evaluate their risks and make changes to address them. more

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