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Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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8. Talk to your doctor about the side effects of any medication you are taking.

Be aware that some medications can make you dizzy or sleepy and this may make you fall.


9. Have your vision tested every year.

If you can’t see where you’re going, you will take a misstep and have a fall sooner or later. Get glasses to help you see better and more clearly


10. Consult an occupational therapist.

He or she can give you many more expert tips for fall prevention


11. Stay active.

Physical activity such as walking or water exercise can help you build strength, muscle and balance. A great exercise for older people is tai chi, which incorporates slow, deliberate movements and helps improve coordination. Yoga can also help with flexibility.

    

11 WAYS TO PREVENT FALLS

ANGELA S. HOOVER





Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

4. Add hand rails.

Consider adding hand rails along all the walls in your house, as well as on both sides of stairways.


5. Wear sensible shoes.

High heels, flip flops and shoes with slick soles are notorious for making older people slip and fall. Walking in slippery socks can also make you stumble. Wear properly fitting sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.


6. Invest in a call bracelet or necklace – just in case.

These devices summon help when you fall and cannot get back up. They can be a real lifesaver.


7. Take your time.

Moving slowly and carefully and watching where you’re walking will go a long way in helping you prevent a fall. Pause after moving from lying down to sitting and from sitting to standing.

As we age, falls become more likely. Physical changes, health conditions and medications can all be culprits that make seniors lose their balance and fall. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, according to the Mayo Clinic. They result in hip fractures, cuts and even serious head and brain injuries that can be fatal, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there are some simple things you can do to prevent falls:


1. Declutter your house and remove potential fall hazards.

Get rid of boxes and move furniture that is in your way. Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slip-resistant backing (or remove them altogether). Store clothing, dishes, cups, food, pots and pans and other necessities within easy reach. Clean up spills at once.


2. Install grab bars in your bathtub or shower.

Use a bath seat so you can sit down while showering with a handheld shower nozzle. Install nonslip mats in the tub. Switch out your regular toilet seat for a raised one or install handles on it to help you get up.


3. Make sure you have adequate lighting around your home, inside and out.

Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways. Replace traditional switch plate covers for ones that glow in the dark. Keep working flashlights handy (check the batteries often). Install bright lights on your front and back porches.