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Seniors and Family

Natural changes occur with aging, which may increase the risk for a fall, but those changes do not mean a fall is inevitable. Many options are available to help keep you independent and safe. The following information is provided to help reduce your risk for a fall. Please discuss with your healthcare provider.

Myths Related to Falls

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has published a document on the ten myths related to falls in the older adult: Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Risk Factors

Risk factors are anything that might expose someone to a condition, event or disease, and can can be internal (e.g., biological changes) or external (e.g., throw rugs).

Reduce Your Chances of Falling

Find out what you can do to decrease or prevent risk factors.

Home Safety

Medications

Medications may increase your risk of a fall. Please talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about your medication.

Be Active

Evidence-based exercise programs to improve balance, flexibility, and strength:

  • Enhance Fitness (formerly Lifetime Fitness Program), is a low-cost, highly adaptable exercise program offering levels that are challenging enough for active older adults and levels that are safe enough for the unfit or near frail.  
  • Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.
  • Tai Chi (NCOA website) includes 24  forms that emphasize weight shifting, postural alignment, and coordinated movements.
  • Otago/Steadyasyougo is an individually tailored program of muscle-strengthening and balance-retraining exercises of increasing difficulty, combined with a walking program delivered in the home.

If you are interested in a course listed here that is not offered at your local senior center, request it!

Talk to Your Doctor

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