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Falling is the leading cause of injury or death in adults over the age of 65, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Poorly fitting footwear, bad lighting, unsteadiness and slippery walkways can cause a person to stumble, slip or fall. To protect yourself from taking a tumble:

1. Stay in shape. Regular exercise will increase your strength and stability, and improve your balance.

2. Have your eyes checked. Wearing appropriate eyewear will allow you to see tripping hazards and obstacles in your path.

3. Stabilize your environment. Add grab bars in hallways and bathrooms, rearrange furniture to clear walkways, and get rid of throw rugs or secure them firmly to the floor with rug grips or double-sided carpet tape.

4. Go shoe shopping. Buy shoes that fit comfortably and feature good traction and support.