While falls are the leading cause of injury for people 65 years of age and older, falls are NOT an inevitable part of aging.
You may be at higher risk of falls, if:
- You have fallen more than once in the last year.
- You have been injured in a fall in the last year.
- You have fallen in the past three months.
- You sometimes lose your balance or nearly fall.
Falls can be PREVENTED. Here is what you can do:
Speak Up: Talk openly to your medical provider, family members, and/or friends about falling or a fear of falling. Have your medications reviewed to identify any that cause dizziness. See whether taking vitamin D supplements is right for you to improve your bone, muscle, and nerve health. Check your risk for falling. This self-assessment brochure from the CDC can help you consider your risk.
Keep Moving: find activities and exercises that improve strength, mobility, and balance. Consider joining a falls prevention class, such as Tai Chi, Matter of Balance, or other courses in your towns. Click here to find a course near you.
Check Your Eyes: Have your vision checked once a year and update your glasses as needed.
Make Your Home Safe: Most falls happen at home. Check for safety and make your home a place that is safe for you and others. Keep your floors clutter free, remove or secure small rugs, add grab bars to bathrooms, have handrails and lights installed near all staircases, and make sure your home is well-lit. Follow this guide.