Tips for Avoiding Falls

September 6, 2022

Each year, an estimated 25% of adults aged 65 and older have a fall, putting them at risk for injury, hospitalization, and even death.

Here are a few tips you can take now to reduce your chances of having a dangerous fall.

  1. Assess your fall risk. Falls are not a natural part of aging! Use NCOA’s Free Falls Check Up to see whether you are at risk. You can also create a fall prevention plan, get tips for talking to your healthcare provider, and learn more about fall risks.
  2. Understand the particular fall risks in your home. This illustrated guide shows you common safety issues in each room of your home and provides tips for making your home safer. You can also make some simple, affordable home modifications like installing a shower seat in your bathtub or shower. (Need to borrow an item? Check out the items we offer free of charge in our Loan Closet! Our Helpline experts can also recommend local resources for decluttering your home.)
  3. Understand the myths and facts around falls. Do you have osteoporosis? Read why regular exercise is essential for helping you prevent falls. Or, are you worried that using a cane or walker will limit your independence? Check out these 10 myths about falls and learn some steps you can take to prevent falls and enjoy better health.
  4. Help loved ones and friends prevent falls in six easy steps. Read this guide with tips for talking to an older adult in your life about about their home environment and health. You can also share this simple checklist with them.
  5. Learn how to fall. If a fall DOES happen, there are important steps you can take to minimize injury, including protecting your head and keeping your joints loose. When you are on the ground, don’t get up too quickly–take some deep breaths and determine whether you are hurt before moving again.