Falls are the cause of most serious injuries for older adults over 65. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 1.6million older Americans are admitted to an emergency room or hospital after a fall. Seniors who fall and break their hips may have difficulty recovering or gaining mobility.

Many falls can easily be prevented. If you are taking prescription medication, you should have your doctor review it.

“Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter drugs, or a combination of them, can make you dizzy or sleepy. Either can lead to a fall,” Jaza Marina, M.D.She is a Kaiser Permanente geriatrician in Atlanta. “If you fall, be sure to let your doctor know, even if you aren’t hurt. Sometimes falls are a sign of a new medical problem that needs attention.”

Many of the underlying causes for falls can be addressed or corrected. Dr. Marina suggests these 10 proactive steps that can reduce the chance of falling.

Secure your home

1. Get rid of clutter and any wires that could cause you injury, such as rugs or electrical cords.

2. 2. Store items on the bottom shelves

3. Grab bars can be added to hallways, stairways, and bathtubs.

4. Use a rubber bathmat in your tub or shower.

5. You should ensure that your home is well lit. Install night lights in the bathrooms and hallways.

6. Keep a flashlight and a phone near your bed.

Take care of yourself.

7. Keep as active as possible.

8. Comfortable shoes that provide good support are recommended.

9. Have your hearing and vision checked.

10. If you are feeling unsteady, consider using a cane or walking stick.

You can find more information here on how to avoid falling. share.kp.org/preventing-falls. Also, check out everybodywalk.orgFor more information on how to walk as an exercise, click here. Talk to your doctor for advice and questions regarding a specific condition.