Falling is scary, especially as we age. The good news is you can and should arrange your home to reduce the threat and impact from accidents. Many of these lead to emergency department visits for head injuries or broken bones. In fact, these injuries can be prevented by making some lifestyle changes and taking steps to improve your physical and mental health. Here are a few tips to help prevent falls:
  1. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can improve your balance, strength, and flexibility.
  2. Have your vision checked: Poor vision can increase your risk, so make sure to have your vision checked regularly and wear glasses or contacts as prescribed.
  3. Remove tripping hazards. Keep your home and workspace free of clutter and remove tripping hazards such as loose rugs, electrical cords, and uneven flooring.
  4. Use assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and other assistive devices can help improve your balance and stability.
  5. Take your medications as prescribed since medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness.
  6. Get adequate sleep.
  7. Avoid wearing shoes with high heels or slippery soles and choose shoes that fit well and provide good support.
  8. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist about getting a fall risk assessment. They can identify any specific factors that are increasing your risk of falling, and work with you to develop a plan to reduce your risk.
Lastly, falls are not just a normal part of aging, but they can be prevented, and if you have fallen, it’s important to report it to your doctor and take the necessary steps to prevent future falls.