Learn how to fall and minimize the damage

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Falling safely - While falling is almost always unplanned, it pays to plan ahead and know the best way to fall to avoid serious injury.

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Stay bent - The moment you sense you've lost your balance, get ready to fall with bent elbows and knees.

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Protect your head - If you're falling backward, tuck your chin to your chest, so your head doesn't hit the ground.

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Turn as you fall - If you're falling either straight forward or straight backwards, try to turn your body so you land on your side. 

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Land on the meat - The best thing to land on is generally the place where you have the most excess flesh. 

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Keep falling - Your instinct will be to stop your body as quickly as you can. But your safest bet is to keep falling. The more you give in to the fall, the safer it will be.

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Roll out of the impact - If you're able to, by rolling, you'll send the energy of the fall into the roll, rather than having your body absorb the impact.

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Try balance and strength training exercises - Yoga, Pilates, and tai chi can all improve balance and muscle strength. Give at least one of them a go!

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Have your hearing tested - Even small changes in hearing are linked to an increased risk for falls. If you have a hearing aid, be sure it fits well and, of course, wear it!

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Have your eyes tested - When you get new eyeglasses or contact lenses, take time to get used to them. Wear your glasses or contacts as your eye doctor advises.

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Get enough sleep - If you're tired, you're more likely to fall. Make sure you're getting enough sleep.

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Avoid or limit alcohol - Too much alcohol can lead to balance problems and falls, which can result in hip or arm fractures and other injuries.

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Stand up slowly - Getting up too quickly can cause your blood pressure to drop, which can make you feel wobbly.

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Keep your hands free - Use a shoulder bag, fanny pack, or backpack to leave your hands free to hold on to railings and the like.

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Stay inside when the weather is bad - Consider staying inside when the weather is bad. You can always order prescriptions or groceries if needed.

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