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What can you do about your stairs to prevent falls with Parkinson's disease?

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If you or a loved one has Parkinson's disease, make sure treads, rails, and rugs are secure. Install a rail on both sides of the stairs. If stairs are a threat, it may be helpful to arrange most of your activities on the lower level to reduce the number of times stairs must be climbed.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Balance Checklist."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Fall Prevention in Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Fall Prevention Strategies for People Living With Parkinson's."

Movement Disorder Society: "Prevention of Falls in Parkinson's Disease."

American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section: "Physical Therapy for Fall Prevention in People with Parkinson's Disease." 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Balance Checklist."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Fall Prevention in Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Fall Prevention Strategies for People Living With Parkinson's."

Movement Disorder Society: "Prevention of Falls in Parkinson's Disease."

American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section: "Physical Therapy for Fall Prevention in People with Parkinson's Disease." 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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