4 things you can do to prevent falls

More than 1 in 4 older adults fall each year. In fact, falling once doubles your chances of falling again. “The good thing is, many falls can be prevented,” says Lisa Arian, MD, medical director at Sharp Health Plan. “You can reduce your likelihood of falling by making a few easy changes.”


Here are the top four things you can do to lower your chances of a fall:

  
1

Speak up

Tell your doctor right away if you are worried about falling or feel unsteady. Have your doctor review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. As we get older, the way medicines work in our bodies can change.

2

Keep moving

Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger, like Tai Chi, lower your chances of falling. They can also help you feel better and more confident. Ask your doctor about the best type of exercise program for you.

3

Get your eyes and feet checked once a year

Have your eyes checked by your eye doctor once a year, and replace your eyeglasses when needed. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. Also, have your doctor check your feet once a year, and ask if they recommend that you see a foot specialist.

4

Make your home safer

  • Keep floors and stairs clutter-free. Remove floor rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep frequently used items in places you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower floor.
  • Make sure your home has lots of lights by adding more lighting or replacing dim bulbs with brighter ones.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s website for more information about how you can prevent falls.

  

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