Prevent Falls from Changing Your Life
Falls happen to everyone, but if you are over age 65, a fall can change your life. Fortunately, falls can be prevented. You owe it to yourself and your family to find out how.
Risks for falling include:
- Difficulty walking, getting up, or sitting down,
- Losing your balance,
- Taking four or more medications on a regular basis,
- Drops in blood pressure, dizziness,
- Problems with vision, hearing, numbness in feet, memory, confusion,
- Foot pain and ill-fitting shoes, and
- Hazards at home.
Strategies for Older Adults to prevent falls include:
- Have yearly vision and hearing check-ups,
- Keep glasses clean and in good repair,
- Never walk wearing reading glasses,
- Use extra caution on stairs, curbs, and uneven surfaces,
- Remove anything that narrows walking paths,
- Always have adequate lighting day and night,
- Eliminate possible tripping hazards,
- Wear supportive shoes,
- Use chairs with arms, and
- Always get help changing ceiling light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, and doing other chores that require climbing.
Courtesy of the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention