How can fall-related injuries be prevented in older adults?

Fall-related injuries among older adults can be prevented by making a few practical lifestyle changes.
  • Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Many doctors offer a “Get Up and Go Test” to evaluate a patient’s balance and gait.
  • Be sure to share your history of recent falls with your doctor.
  • Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure there are no side effects that may increase your risk of falling.
  • Have an eye exam every year and update your eyeglasses when needed.
  • Do exercises that focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance.
  • Wear low-heeled, rubber-soled shoes and do not walk in socks, stockings or slippers.
  • Use a cane or walker.
  • Use a medical alert system with automatic fall detection.
  • Talk to family members and enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.
This content originally appeared online at Baptist Health South Florida.

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