A leading cause of injury in older adults
As you get older, physical changes, health conditions and some medications put you more at risk of falling. Take the necessary steps to prevent falls. Here are some suggestions:
Make an appointment with your provider
Your provider can help you with a fall-prevention plan. Be prepared to answer questions about medications you are taking and whether you have fallen before.
Physical activity can help with fall prevention. With your provider's okay, consider activities such as walking or water workouts. Your provider may also refer you to a physical therapist.
Check your vision
Have your vision checked at least once a year by an eye provider. Poor vision can increase your risk of falling.
Take it slow
Get up slowly after you sit or lie down.
Keep your shoes on
Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
Remove hazards around your home
Keep your home safe by:
- Keeping clutter off the floor
- Improving the lighting in your home
- Using throw rugs with non-slip backing or attach rugs to the floor with tacks or double-sided tape
- Installing sturdy handrails on all stairs
- Using rubber mats in the tub or shower
- Putting night-lights in bathrooms and hallways
- Wearing non-slip shoes