(CNN/Meredith) -- Each year, one out of every four adults age 65 and older fall, which can sometimes lead to serious injuries.
More than 800,000 patients are hospitalized because of a fall every year -- most often for a head injury or hip fracture, according to stats from the CDC.
Risk factors include vitamin D deficiency, lower body weakness, and difficulties with walking and balance.
But some things can be done to help prevent those falls.
Here’s how you can help prevent a fall:
- Review medications with a doctor to see if any might cause fatigue or dizziness
- Take vitamin D supplements
- Perform exercises to make legs stronger and improve balance
- Keep eyeglasses updated every year if needed
- Make your home safer by getting rid of trip hazards
- Add grabbing bars in the shower/bathtub and next to the toilet
- Make sure your home has plenty of light by using brighter light bulbs
The CDC says falling once doubles your chances of falling again.