What are the major risk factors for falls among older adults?

Dr. Goldina Erowele
Caregiving Specialist

These risk factors include:

  • Biological risk factors - Mobility problems due to muscle weakness or balance problems, chronic health conditions such as arthritis and stroke, vision changes and vision loss, loss of sensation in feet
  • Behavioral risk factors - Inactivity medication side effects and/or interactions, alcohol use.
  • Environmental risk factors - Home and environmental hazards (clutter, poor lighting, etc.), incorrect size, type or use of assistive devices (walkers, canes, crutches, etc.), poorly designed public spaces
  • Medication use

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