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Falls Prevention Gait Tips for Elderly

Falls Prevention Gait Tips for Elderly

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CONNECTICUT COLLABORATION FOR
FALL PREVENTION
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2GAIT TIPS
GAIT TIPS
WALKING INSTRUCTIONS
Shoes should be comfortable, fit well, and provide support as wellas protection. (See footwear guidelines.)Stand as erect as possible.Feet should be 4-6 inches apart while walking.With each step, heel should land on floor first.Make sure steps are of equal length.Take full steps.Let arms swing naturally at sides.Try not to look straight down.Do not walk with hands in pockets.
TURNING
When making turns, avoid sharp pivots or twisting on either leg.Make shorter steps while turning.
LEANING
Avoid letting upper body get ahead of hips and legs.Do not lean upper body too far forward.
RUSHING
Dont rush.If you feel that you have begun to walk too fast, pause, and beginagain at a slower pace.
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Copyright 2005 Mary E. Tinetti, M.D.

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