Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Preventing falls


September 15, 2023

Appropriate use of assistive devices can prevent falls. These devices may include canes, walkers, and reachers. A physical or occupational therapist can help you select the correct device and teach you how to use it.

Canes — A cane may help you feel more stable when you walk. Different types of canes are available. Some have grips made of foam or that fit the shape of your hand. Many canes can be adjusted, but some cannot. You need to be taught what length cane is best for you.

Walkers — A walker will help you stay balanced by giving you a wide base of support. Different types of walk...

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