What You Can Do to Prevent Falls

Begin A Regular Exercise Program

Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most powerful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about the best type of exercise program for you.

Have Your Healthcare Provider Review Your Medicines

Have your doctor or pharmacist review the medicines you take — even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to fall.

Have Your Vision Checked

Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limit your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

Make Your Home Safer

  • Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes and shoes).
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the bathtub or shower.
  • Improve the lighting in your home. You need bright lights to see well.
  • Have handrails and lights put in staircases.
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without a step stool.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Hang lightweight curtains or shades to reduce glare.

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