Fall Prevention

Many falls can be prevented. By making some changes you can lower your chances of falling. Four things you can do: Have your healthcare provider review your medication. Exercise to improve your balance and strength. Have your eyes and feet checked. Make your home safer.

Regular balance exercises
Try standing on one foot, then walk heel to toe in a straight line. You can also try lower-body strength exercises, especially those that strengthen your legs and ankles, to improve your balance. These include the back leg raise, side leg raise, knee curl, and toe stand exercises. You can do balance exercises almost anytime, anywhere, as long as you have something sturdy nearby to hold on to for support.

Stay physically active
Weight-bearing activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, may slow bone loss from osteoporosis. Lower-body strength exercises and balance exercises can help you prevent falls and avoid the disability that may result from falling.

Vision checks
Have your vision tested yearly, and always wear your glasses when you need them. You can also mark your stairs and thresholds with brightly colored tape to make them easier to see, and add nightlights to mark the way from the bedroom to the bathroom.

Medication reviews
Have your health care provider or pharmacist review your medications. If a drug makes you sleepy or dizzy, ask if there is an alternative that will work for you.

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Regular Exercise Can Prevent Falls

 

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