(HealthDay News) — Every 11 seconds, an elderly person is taken to the hospital for a fall-related injury, says the U.S. National Council on Aging.

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Though the number is staggering, most falls are preventable, the council says.

The council encourages elderly people to:

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  • Find a balance and exercise program.
  • Speak with a health care provider.
  • Regularly review your medications and note side effects.
  • Get your vision and hearing checked annually.
  • Keep your home safe.
  • Enlist the support of family members.

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