About Falls Free Vermont

What Exactly is Falls Prevention?
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What is Falls Prevention?

  • Falls prevention is a variety of actions taken in collaboration with a number of different organizations to reduce falls from occurring, in particular falls-related injuries and deaths.
  • Falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older and approximately one in three older adults fall annually.


There are steps that people can take to reduce the likelihood and risk of falling.
  1. Talk to your doctor: Even if falling isn't a serious problem, your doctor can address any concerns, review your medications, and help you to know what you can do to reduce your risk for falls.
  2. Check your risk for falling: There are many reasons people fall and a single fall is usually a result of multiple factors. This self-assessment can help you consider your risk.
  3. Consider Vitamin D: Research shows that Vitamin D supplementation is one of the best ways to prevent falls. Talk to your primary care provider about whether Vitamin D is right for you.
  4. Check for safety: Make your home a place that is safe for you and others. Follow this guide.

There are many different factors that lead to falls occurring. Get to know these factors to take steps to decrease the risk of falls.

  • Previous falls
  • Hazards in the home and community
  • Problems with walking and balance
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Being in a hurry or rushing
  • Improper footwear
  • Chronic diseases
  • Multiple medications
  • Poor vision
  • Depression