Falls are not a normal part of aging— they can be prevented!
All adults, aged 65 and over, are at risk for a fall. There are simple things all seniors can do to keep from falling and to stay independent longer.
Talk to your healthcare providers
- Tell your physician, caregiver, or loved ones if you have fallen, if you feel unsteady when standing or walking, or if you’re afraid you might fall.
- Ask your physician or pharmacist to review your medicines to see if any might increase your risk
- Ask your physician about health conditions (like depression or osteoporosis) that can increase your risk.
- Ask your physician to check your eyes at least once a year and update lenses as needed.
Make your home safer
- Get rid of trip hazards. Keep floors clutter free.
- Add grab bars in the bathroom.
- Have handrails and lights installed on all staircases.
- Install automatic lights in bathrooms, hall and stairways.
- Exercise regularly. Keep your legs stronger and improve your balance with low-impact yoga or Tai Chi.