As an older adult, you have a greater chance of falling. A fall can cause severe injury and affect the quality of your life. The good news is that falls can be prevented. There are many reasons why older adults fall, which are called risk factors. Risk factors include fear and social isolation, taking certain medications, balance problems, not enough physical activity, poor nutrition, dizziness and fainting, vision problems, indoor and outdoor hazards, and many more.
Here are some helpful tips to prevent falls for all older adults.
- Check your medications: ask your pharmacist to review your medications at least once per year.
- Keep active: exercise for a total of 150 minutes each week
- Watch your step: wear support shoes and be careful when you walk
- Speak up about dizziness: tell your doctor if you feel dizzy or light-headed