6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

September 22nd, 2015

Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.

Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips!

  • Find a good balance and exercise program

    Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility.

  • Talk to your health care provider

    Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling.
    Share your history of recent falls.

  • 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.

  • Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses

    Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

  • Keep your home safe

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

  • Talk to your family members

    Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a
    seniors’ issue.

To learn more, visit ncoa.org/FallsPrevention and 571-527-3900.