Be active. With doctor approval, participate in activities such as walking, water aerobics, tai chi, etc. Participating in physical activity can improve balance and coordination.
Review Medications. Talk with your doctor about your health conditions, if you’ve fallen before, and what type of medications you are taking. Certain medicine side effects can make you tired, cause dizziness, etc. Your doctor can help identify some prevention strategies and see if there are any alternatives to the medicines you are taking.
Add grab bars and handrails. Installing these safety tools in your home can help with managing stairs, using the bathroom, and getting in and out of the bathtub without injuring yourself. When using these aids, taking your time is key to safety!
Check your vision and hearing at least once a year. Your ability to hear and see affects your balance. Having these checks done annually can help your doctors catch any vision or hearing loss, and implement the correct remedy.
Evaluate your home for tripping hazards. Boxes, non-slip rugs, phone cords, and other items can cause falls if they are in pathways, loosely strewn, or not securely fixed in place. Removing objects and clutter and moving items out of high traffic areas can reduce falls.