Deadly falls can be prevented

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LIBERTY, Mo. --  A Congressional candidate in North Carolina died this week after reportedly falling at home.  Falls kill 21,000 older Americans every year.  Head trauma and hip fractures are among the common and severe injuries.  The direct medical costs are $30 billion dollars a year.

Fox 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean met Steve Boos of Home Instead Senior Care at a home in Liberty to get tips on preventing falls.  For a home safety checklist, visit makinghomesaferforseniors.com.

Regular exercise such as Tai Chi that improves balance can help you avoid falls.  Get your eyes checked regularly, and talk with your doctor and pharmacist if you have dizziness or drowsiness with medication.

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