Today is the first day of fall and National Falls Prevention Day, designated to remind older people they can be falls free.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in three people 65 and older takes a tumble each year. As many as 30 percent of those falls cause moderate to severe injuries. Each year at this time, the National Council on Aging sponsors National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to hammer home the message that most falls are preventable.
The council notes that the best place to begin falls prevention is in your home, where half of all falls occur. Clutter and throw rugs are among the culprits that cause the most spills at home. And medical experts say exercising -- even light walking -- will improve balance and help keep you upright.
For more information on how to prevent falls, go to bit.ly/ncoa-falls.