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Be prepared for slippery sidewalks this winter
Be prepared for slippery sidewalks this winter

Temperatures are a little too warm for snow, but Maryland rarely goes a season without some of the slippery white stuff. So, it’s best to be prepared. About 1 million people fall every year and about 20,000 die from their injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Don’t be too confident, says Mike Ross, author of “The Balance Manual” and exercise physiologist at Gottlieb Center for Fitness in the Loyola University Health System. He teaches balance classes to those 50 and older – a time when a person’s ability to balance weakens because changes in muscles and sensory perception, including in the inner ear where...