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FLORIDA PODIATRIST RECOMMENDS FALL PREVENTION STEPS

 

 

 

 

The Times-Union is honored to have large numbers of smart and talented readers. Through its Email Interactive Group, it offers them a chance to participate. A great example came with a letter from Earl Horowitz, DPM, a specialist in geriatric and general podiatry. He wrote a letter about seniors and the dangers of walking. He first noted that senior citizen years can be divided into three categories: 60-75, 76-85, and 86 and up. As seniors age, they become prone to falls, which are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations for seniors and tend to lead to a lower quality of life.
 
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Dr. Earl Horowitz

 
 
Dr. Horowitz offers several great low-cost ideas: • All public and exposed staircases painted yellow, a caution indicator. • Curbs at the corners of sidewalks also should be painted yellow. • All corner sidewalks should be depressed so wheelchairs and seniors walking with canes can easily move from sidewalks to streets.
 
Source: Florida Times-Union [10/10/17]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.  
 
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