3 Steps You Can Take To Prevent Falls

September 22, 2017

It’s a scary statistic: one in four older adults falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those falls can lead to a serious injury, but the good news is falling doesn’t have to be a normal part of aging.

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day. A fall can happen to anyone. Take note of these tips to reduce the risk for you or a loved one over age 65:

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1. Get active.

“Physical activity can go a long way towards fall prevention,” says the Mayo Clinic.

Some adults may worry that exercise could make them more prone to falling. However, with a doctor’s OK, gentle exercise can be a welcome addition to an older adult’s routine – lowering their fall risk.

Mother of Mercy’s nursing care center offers a popular Fit 4 Life program to improve balance, agility, and strength. Or, work with a physical therapist to find an exercise program that’s right for you.


2. Feel Your Best

Some medications can make you dizzy or drowsy, increasing your fall risk, according to the National Council on Aging. Vision problems can double your risk of falling.

Preventing falls is a team effort. Make an appointment with a doctor and eye doctor to stay in tip-top shape. It’s an easy way to reduce those key risk factors.


3. Mind the Details

Sometimes the smallest steps can do the most good. Add grab bars near a bathtub, shower or toilet. Use a cane or walker. Wear shoes that won’t make you slip. Brighten those lightbulbs. Add non-skid mats and remove slippery rugs.

In winter, icy sidewalks can bring a whole new set of challenges. Keep them salted or put down kitty litter to improve your traction.


When a living space is safe, bright, and easy to navigate, falls are less likely to occur. Keeping active and in full health can help you and your loved ones stay independent as you age.