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Preventing Falls in Older Adults

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Topic Overview

Every year, thousands of older adults fall and hurt themselves. Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older.

There are many reasons older people fall. They may lose their footing when stepping off a street curb. Or they may fall after getting dizzy from taking medicines. Some falls may be related to the effects of aging, such as muscle weakness or delayed reflexes. Or falls may be related to the results of a stroke.

Experts agree that some falls in older adults can be prevented. But since each person's risks are a bit different, talk to your doctor about which of the tips below might help you.

Take care of yourself

Take extra care if you live alone

Learn ways to keep your balance

Learn about your medicines

Make your home safer

For a complete list of hazards to look for and fix at home, see the checklist for preventing falls

Stay safe while bathing

Prevent outdoor falls


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Credits for Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Current as of: December 7, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Elizabeth A. Phelan MD, MS - Geriatric Medicine


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