Talk to Your Doctor
Doctors and pharmacists can help provide information regarding medicines that may increase your risk of falling, check your eyes for vision changes, and screen you for osteoporosis. Ask your doctor about your personal fall risk and ways to prevent falls.
What Should I ask my doctor during a check up?
(National Institute on Aging)
Home Fall Prevention Checklist
Falls are not a normal part of aging. You can keep on your feet and avoid the risk of a fall. Take steps to stay safe and independent longer.
Strength and Balance Resources
Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Tai Chi is a good example of this kind of exercise.
Follow the link for additional resources on strengthening your body to prevent falls from AgeWise Colorado.
VIDEOS for Fall Prevention
Alissa Ray, PT, DPT, explains how to increase stability during every day movements.
These may be things you don't consciously think about at the moment, but as we age, these common movements can increase in difficulty and lead to injury if we're not careful.
Click on each of the photos below to view their corresponding video.
You can also watch our videos on the VIDEO LIBRARY page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if I fall?
First, take a deep breath. You need to assess if you are injured. If you are injured and think you need to go to the emergency room, call 911. Paramedics will come to you and help assess your injuries and transport you to the ER if necessary.
If you are not injured but cannot get up on your own, call 911 and ask for a Lift Assist. Tell the dispatcher that you have fallen, are not injured, and need help. They will send a crew to your address to help you up.
Follow this link for a video on techniques on getting up off the ground or helping a loved one. "Captain Lift Assist" Youtube Video
What medications put me at an increased risk of falling?
Benzodiazepines, Opiates, Antidepressants, Anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, and so many others can put you at a higher risk of a fall. Whenever you change or add to your medications, talk to your doctor about fall risk and steps you can take to limit that risk.
Follow this link for more information from the National Council on Aging:
What Medications Increase the Risk of Falling Among Older Adults