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(NewsUSA) - Some of the most serious injuries among older adults, age 65 and older, are caused by falling. More than 1.6 million older Americans end up in the emergency room or hospital because of a fall, according to the National Institutes of Health. Seniors who have broken a hip by falling can have trouble recovering and regaining mobility.
The good news is many falls are preventable. One of the first things you can do if you take prescription medication is have your health care team review your medication.
"Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs, or a combination of them, can make you dizzy or sleepy. Either can lead to a fall," said Jaza Marina, M.D., a geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta. "If you fall, be sure to let your doctor know, even if you aren't hurt. Sometimes falls are a sign of a new medical problem that needs attention."
Many underlying causes of falls can be treated or corrected. Dr. Marina recommends these 10 proactive steps to reduce the risk of falling.
Make your home safe.
1. Remove clutter, throw rugs and electrical cords that might cause you to trip.
2. Store items on bottom shelves.
3. Add grab bars where necessary -- in hallways, stairways and bathtubs.
4. Add a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub.
5. Make sure your home is well lit. Use night lights in hallways and bathrooms.
6. Keep a phone and flashlight by your bed.
Take care of yourself.
7. Stay as physically active as you can.
8. Wear comfortable shoes with good support.
9. Have your vision and hearing checked.
10. Use a cane or walker if you feel unsteady.
For more information on how to prevent falls, visit share.kp.org/preventing-falls. Also check out everybodywalk.org for tips on walking as an exercise. For questions or advice about a specific condition, talk to your physician.
AMERICAN ROYAL TO CONDUCT FIRST BUSINESSMEN’S STEER CHALLENGE DURING RODEO
KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€“ The American Royal ProRodeo has found a new fan-favorite event.
The 2014 rodeo will feature the inaugural Businessmenâ€™s Steer Challenge, which will have a preliminary round during the Friday, Sept. 26, performance of the American Royal ProRodeo at Hale Arena.
The top two teams from Friday will then advance to the finale during the second performance, which will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, where they will be matched against a team from Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division.
â€śThis is going to be an exciting new event I think everyone will love,â€ť said Mariner Kemper, chairman of the American Royal and participant in the challenge. â€śFriday night of the rodeo is corporate night, and what is a better way than having your colleagues cheer you on as you get an opportunity to show your cowboy skills. I think the audience will have a greater appreciation for the professional cowboys and how easy they make it look,â€ť
The Businessmenâ€™s Steer Challenge will feature 12 two-person teams. One will hold onto a lead rope attached to the steer, while the other ties a ribbon around the animalâ€™s tail. The first team to complete the task and cross the finish line is the winner.
â€śI think everyone should come out and see the fun,â€ť Kemper said. â€śEven I am going to compete; it will be a great event that I plan on winning.â€ť
In addition to the Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division and Kemper/Bichelmeyer teams, others will be sponsored by the BOTARâ€™s, Hilton Garden Inn, Kennedy & Cole LLC, Cerner Corp., Sprint, Livestock Marketing Association, Conway Farms, Raphael Group and Commerce Bank.