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Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in older adults. Reduce your risk of falling with six simple strategies.

 

  1. Make an appointment to talk with your doctor about any medications and health conditions that may put you at a higher risk of falling.
  2. Staying physically active improves stability, flexibility, and strength, all of which help with fall prevention. Talk with your healthcare provider if you’re concerned that physical activity will increase your risk of falling. They may recommend a specific exercise alternative or physical therapist that can help.
  3. Clean up spills, secure loose rugs, and remove stationary objects from high-traffic areas to reduce the risk of hazard at home.
  4. Wear shoes that are sturdy, fit properly and have nonskid soles.
  5. Make clear paths and keep rooms well-lit to avoid tripping over objects.
  6. Consider a cane or walker to keep you steady and use handrails, treads, and bars when they are an option.

 

Original article published by the Mayo Clinic. Read it in its entirety here.

 

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