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Shine a light on fall prevention

Falling is especially dangerous for older adults, who may be more likely to break a bone. Making sure your home has good lighting is one of the steps you can take to avoid a tumble.

Here are some places around your home where you might want to add new overhead lights or install brighter bulbs.


  • Top and bottom of stairways.
  • Each end of hallways.
  • Bedrooms.
  • Bathrooms (add night-lights).

Bonus tip: Keep a flashlight with fresh batteries by your bed in case the power goes out and you need to get up at night.

Sources: National Council on Aging; National Institute on Aging

Learn how balance exercises can also help keep you steady on your feet and less likely to fall.

Reviewed 5/27/2022

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