Fall prevention in Older Adults
One in three older Americans fall each year. Falls are among the most serious and common problems that threaten independence and quality of life for older adults (65+). Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. While many people think of falls as accidents, the truth is that many falls can be prevented.
Things YOU can do to prevent falls:
- Talk to your healthcare team about your fall risks
- Review your medicines with your pharmacist
- Get your vision and hearing checked yearly
- Traumatic brain injury
- Participate in an exercise program that focuses on balance, walking, & flexibility
- Use the "Home Safety Checklist" to reduce home hazards
Home Safety Checklist:
- Remove items and objects on the floor or staircase that you can trip over.
- Install lights and handrails on staircases.
- Remove throw rugs.
- Place grab bars in the tub and next to the toilet.
- Use non-slip mats in the tub or shower.
- Keep your home well lit.
- Place items you use daily in easy to reach cabinets. Avoid step-stools.