A simple fall can change your life. All too often, falling results in injuries such as broken bones, cuts and bruises and the need for hospitalization. According to the CDC unintentional falls are a common occurrence among older adults, affecting approximately 30% of persons aged >65 years of age each year.
Can falling be prevented?
Many times falling can be prevented with simple actions such as getting new eyeglasses or adjusting the dose of your medication(s) or starting an exercise program. Your doctor can help determine your risk of falling and give you advice to help you to prevent falling in the future.
What you should tell your doctor:
What can the doctor do?
Your doctor can assess your risk of falling by talking with you and performing a simple evaluation. You doctor may want to:
What can I do at home to help to prevent falling?
There are four things you can do to prevent falls: