(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.

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