Focus on Preventing Falls Focus on Preventing Falls
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This fall is an ideal time to focus attention on the issues that affect older adults. Individuals and communities can come together to help older adults enjoy an improved quality of life with a reduced risk of injury.
Improving Quality of Life, Reducing Fall Risks
Every year, one in three adults age 65 and older falls. Twenty to 30% of those who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries that can threaten their ability to live healthy, independent lives. The following tips can help prevent falls:
Exercise that improves leg strength, balance and mobility can reduce your risk of falling. Check with a doctor to see what type of exercise is best for you.
Have a Medication Check-Up
Have a health care provider review of all your medications including nonprescription drugs like supplements and cold medicines. Drug interactions or side effects like drowsiness or dizziness can make falls more likely.
Have Your Vision Checked
Schedule a vision check because poor vision or eyesight clouded by cataracts or glaucoma can also increase your chances of falling.
Make Home Safety Improvements
Check for and remove trip hazards, add brighter lighting, and place non-stick mats on shower and bathtub floors. Consider adding grab bars next to and inside your shower or tub.