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
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.
Preventive service at no cost
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 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.
- 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.