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Fall Prevention Tips

September is Fall Prevention Month

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.

1. Find a good balance and exercise program
Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for referrals. Find a program you like and take a friend.

2. Talk to your health care provider
Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

3. Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist
Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

4. Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses
Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

5. Keep your home safe
Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

6. Talk to your family members
nlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.

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