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Old 05-10-22, 08:19 PM  
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Why Do Older People Fall and What Can Be Done?

Why do older people fall, and can they improve their balance at even an advanced age so that falling is less likely? My Dad is 93 and just moved to assisted living, in part because he was afraid of falling at home where he was living alone. He's been there in assisted living less than 2 weeks, and they called me today to tell me that he fell when he was going to the door to let someone in. He hit his head on the door handle, but he checked out OK at the ER and only has a bruise on his forehead. He already uses a walker indoors and out so I'm not sure what else he can do. He can't really explain what's going on although supposedly he does not have dementia. He just says "My balance isn't good".
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