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The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind Provides Helpful Tips on How to Make the Home Safer for the Visually Impaired

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults aged 65 and older fall each year in the United States. Many studies of the risk of falls in older people have included measures of visual impairment. Decreased visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, depth perception, and/or visual field have been found to influence the risk of falls. In fact, people with vision loss are almost twice as likely to experience multiple falls as those with normal vision.

Taking care of your eyes to prevent visual loss is one simple strategy in reducing your chances of a severe, often debilitation fall in the elderly. Regular eye exams, use of correct prescription glasses and cataract surgery have the potential to prevent falls. In addition, because half of all falls occur in the home, the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind has developed the acronym STAND to help make homes just a little safer for those who are older or have vision loss.

S – Shoes; Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.

T – Torch; Improve the lighting in your home. Clap-on/Clap-off lights in the living room and bedroom with keep you from having to get up from your chair to adjust the lighting.

A – Arrange; Arrange your furniture so that there is a clear path for walking, and keep clutter out of walkways.

N – Non-slip mats; Apply non-slip mats or appliques in bold, contrasting colors to the surface of the tub or shower.

D – Don’t; Don’t store things you use every day in high place that require step stools or ladders.

For more information on how you can prevent falls or for general eye health, please contact The Pennsylvania Association for Blind at http://www.pablind.org.

Contact: Katie Schock - PA Assn. f/t Blind Phone: 717-766-2020 Email: Katie(dot)schock(at)pablind(dot)org

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Katie Schock
Pennsylvania Association for the Blind
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