Falls are not just the result of getting older. Many falls can be prevented. It
requires you to make some easy, common sense changes in how you
approach everyday life. Simple things such as removing clutter, adding grab
bars and handrails, and exercise can help reduce falls.
4 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk For Falls
1. Begin a Regular Exercise Program
Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of
falling. Exercise that improves balance and coordination (like Tai Chi)
is the most helpful. Ask your doctor or health care worker about the
best type of exercise program for you.
2. Make Your Home Safer
Most falls happen at home. To make your home safer: Remove things
you can trip over, improve the lighting in your home, install hand rails
and grab bars, and wear shoes that give you good support.
3. Have Your Health Care Provider Review Your Medications
Some medications, or combinations of medications, can make you
drowsy or light-headed, which can lead to a fall. Have your doctor or
pharmacist check all the medications you take.
4. Have Your Vision Checked
Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. Have your eyes
checked by an eye doctor.
The above information provided by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Stay Healthy Program is sponsored by the California Department of Aging.
For senior services and programs available in your local area call 1-800 510-2020 TTY 1-800-735-2929.
by Reducing Your Risk for Falls
What You Can Do to Prevent Falls