Fall prevention may not seem like a fun topic, but it’s important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions, and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Consider these simple fall-prevention strategies:
- Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss medications, side effects of medications, health conditions and any previous falls. Your doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep you steady. If necessary, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist. They can help you brainstorm other fall-prevention strategies.
- Keep moving. Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention. Consider activities such as walking or a morning stretch class. Such activities reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
- Wear sensible shoes. Consider changing your footwear as part of your fall-prevention plan. High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, stumble and fall. So can walking in your stockings/socks. Instead, wear properly fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.
- Light up your living space. Keep your home brightly lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see. Place night lights in your bedroom and bathroom.