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.
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 webpage for more information.