Fall Prevention

Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. As we age, our bones lose some of their strength. This increases the risks for falling and injury. A bad fall can affect your mobility and independence.

Tips to Reduce Your Chance of Falling

  1. Stay active and exercise regularly. Yoga, Tai Chi or water walking can improve muscle strength. Weight training helps keep bones healthy. Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. You can also take advantage of our Silver&Fit Program.
  2. Know your medications. Keep a current list of your medications and share the list with your doctor at each visit. Our Personal Medication List can help.
  3. Keep high-traffic areas clear. Most slips, trips and falls occur in the home. Make your home safer by moving furniture or other objects to make a clear path. Place night lights in the bathroom or hall. Use non-slip mats and carpets that firmly grip the floor.
  4. Stay sharp. Have your eyes checked at least once a year by an eye doctor to correct any changes in your vision.
  5. Talk to your doctor. If you have concerns about falling, discuss them with your doctor. He or she will help you develop a plan to limit your risks.

Learn More

Check out these resources for more information and tips:

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