Here are 6 tips to help prevent falls:
INCORPORATE AN EXERCISE PROGRAM WITH A FOCUS ON BALANCEFind a curriculum that builds balance, strength, and flexibility. Go with a friend to keep you motivated.
SCHEDULE A DOCTOR’S CONSULTATIONThis is the opportunity to get a full assessment of your risk of falling. Make sure to list your recent falls.
REGULARLY REVIEW YOUR MEDICATIONS WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACISTIf you review all side effects of your prescriptions, this will reduce
GET YOUR VISION AND HEARING CHECKED ANNUALLYMake sure your eyeglasses are consistently updated. Remember that your eyes and ears help keep you balanced.
KEEP YOUR HOME SAFERemove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.
TALK TO YOUR FAMILYEnlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors issue.
With simple lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be greatly reduced.