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Falls prevention

Although many seniors fall each year, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Practical lifestyle adjustments may help prevent a fall.

Who is at risk

  • Those with a history of falls
  • Those with problems in physical functioning or limited mobility

Symptoms

You should see a doctor if you:

  • Fall or are having mobility issues.
  • Are having issues with sitting and standing, especially if you have lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Are having trouble with balance.

What you can do

  • Engage is regular physical activity.
  • Wear sensible shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Remove hazards in your home and make sure you have adequate lighting.
  • Use assistive devices when recommended by your doctor.

Home Fall Prevention Checklist

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Adults 65 years or older

The USPSTF recommends exercise interventions to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk for falls.


Why screening is important

Falls are a leading cause of injury-related conditions and death among older adults.

What the screening and interventions are

Your doctor may ask you questions about your balance, mobility, medications, and past falls. Interventions may include a new exercise regimen.

Treatment

Treatment will depend on your risk factors. Your doctor may recommend a change to your medications, have safety devices installed in your bathroom, or that you see an eye doctor, for example.

Additional tips

  • Get your vision checked every year and update your glasses if needed.
  • Talk to your doctor about all the medications you take. Some may have a side effect of dizziness.

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