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Senior Fall Prevention

Tips to Prevent Falls

Many falls and fall-related injuries can be prevented. The risk of falling can be reduced by following these tips:

  • Exercise regularly
    • Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce the chance of falling. People are stronger and feel better when they exercise.
    • Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful.
      • Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
    • Visit the Get Moving web page for tips and resources on beginning an exercise routine.
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    Make your home safer
    • Half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
      • Remove items from stairs and walkways to prevent tripping.
      • Remove throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep rugs from slipping.
      • Keep items used often within easy reach. Avoid using step stools.
      • Install grab bars next to the toilet, tub and shower.
      • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
      • Improve the lighting. Use lamp shades or frosted bulbs to reduce glare.
      • Install handrails and lights on staircases.
      • Wear shoes with good support and non-slip soles. Avoid wearing slippers and athletic shoes with deep treads.
  • Ask a health care provider to review your medicines
    • Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review the medicines you take (include over-the-counter medicine).
      • Some medicines or combinations of medicines, cause drowsiness or light-headedness, which can lead to a fall.
  • Get your vision checked by an eye doctor.
    • Incorrect lens prescriptions and conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts, can limit vision.
    • Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

Fall Prevention Resources

Fall Prevention Programs

Visit the CDC Fall Risks for Older Adults external link webpage for more information.

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