Prevent Injuries from Falls

Posted on 12/28/2016

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults ages 65 and older. Over 2.5 million people in this age group were treated in emergency departments for injuries from falls in 2013, and falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Most falls can be prevented by following some simple prevention tips.

  • Check your medications with your doctor for any side-effects or interactions that could increase your risk of becoming dizzy and falling.
  • Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once per year, and keep your eyeglasses updated. If you wear bifocals, practice looking straight ahead and then lowering your head instead of looking down through the lower half of the glasses.
  • Stay active! Exercise and improve leg strength and balance. 
  • Check your footwear. Wear non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes that support your feet.
  • Watch our for hazards around your home. Keep your floor clear of books, newspapers, cords, etc.  Secure rugs with slip-resistant backing. Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower. Keep track of pets so that you don't trip over them.
  • Keep your home well-lit. Use nightlights in hallways, bathrooms and bedrooms. 
  • Use a portable phone or home monitoring system that you can easily carry from room to room so that you can call for help if you fall.
  • Consider assistive devices such as handrails and grab bars.
  • Stay indoors if it is wet or slick outside.

*Information provided by Areawide Aging Agency, National Institute on Aging, Mayo Clinic, and Centers for Disease Control