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Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is fall prevention?

Fall prevention includes ways to make your home and other areas safer. Prevention also includes ways you can move more carefully to prevent a fall.

What increases my risk for falls?

As you age, your muscles weaken and your risk for falls increases. Your risk also increases if you take medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy. You may also be at risk if you have vision or joint problems, have low blood pressure, or are not active.

How can I help protect myself from falls?

Falls are a common cause of injury for older adults. Do the following to help protect yourself:

How can I make my home safer?

Fall Prevention for Seniors

How do I plan ahead in case I do fall?

Talk with family members, friends, and neighbors to create a fall plan. Someone will need to call for emergency help if you are injured or found unconscious. If possible, keep a mobile phone with you at all times, or wear an emergency alert device. You can contact emergency services by pressing a button on the device. Ask your healthcare provider for more information.

Arrange to have someone call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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