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Fall prevention

Did you know more than 1 in 4 older adults in the U.S. falls every year? And one out of five of those falls causes a serious injury, such as a hip fracture or head injury.

Here at Adventist Health Castle, we are committed to you and want to ensure your independence last as long as possible. In addition to the free fall prevention resources provided here, our primary care specialists and pharmacists are here to discuss your individual risk factors, overall health, and medication needs.

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Know your risk for falling

You can’t avoid all of the risk factors that contribute to falls—aging is one example. Older people are at higher risk for falling than younger people.

But there are many risk factors you can change or modify. These include:

  1. Physical Conditions: Lower body weakness, difficulty with gait and balance, poor vision.
  2. Tripping Hazards: Steps, Rugs, Clutter and Ill-fitting or loose shoes.
  3. Medication Usage: Medications for blood pressure, anxiety, depression and sleep all put you at risk for falls.

The more risk factors a person has, the greater their likelihood of falling. Talk to your doctor to learn how you can make the right changes.

Staying on your feet

Review your medicines with your doctor. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, it could be one of your medications. Download your free medication guide here.

Learn strength and balance exercises. Yoga and tai chi also are good exercises for learning balance and getting stronger. Check with your YMCA or YWCA to see if they offer classes.

You might also want to talk to your doctor about physical therapy to improve strength and balance.

Have your eyes and hearing tested often. Your bifocals and trifocals may not be helpful when you’re walking. Ask your eye doctor about lenses made especially for walking around. If you have a hearing aid, be sure it fits well.

Get enough sleep. If you’re tired, you’re more likely to fall.

Avoid alcohol. Even a small amount can affect balance and reflexes.

Stand up slowly after sitting or lying down. Getting up too fast can cause a drop in blood pressure and make you feel faint.

Wear rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes that fully support your feet. Wearing only socks, shoes with smooth soles and slippers can prove unsafe on tile or wood floors.

Make your home a fall-free zone by finding and fixing hazards. Use proper support, such as a cane, walker or handrails. Use proper lighting. Use proper eyewear and footwear. Eliminate tripping hazards, such as rugs and cords.