Take steps to prevent falls

Maintaining healthy bones and muscles helps the elderly to avoid falls and injuries, which can lead to fatal complications

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, 66, said recently that he fractured his left arm when he hastily got out of bed to go to the toilet. The resulting fall led to a three-hour operation and a two-week stay at Singapore General Hospital.

Globally, about one in three older adults experiences a fall each year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'Take steps to prevent falls'. Print Edition | Subscribe