Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, but they can be prevented. To reduce your risk of falling:
• Find a good balance or exercise program to build stability, strength and flexibility.
• Ask your health care provider to assess your risk of falling.
• Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falls.
• Get your vision and hearing checked annually.
• Keep your home safe by, for example, removing tripping hazards, using bath mats in the shower, installing grab bars and increasing lighting where needed.