Fall Prevention among Older Adults
Falls are a major health problem for adults 65 and older.
About one third of falls are preventable - falls are not an inevitable part of aging.
Approximately 15% of seniors in Oregon reported falling in the previous 3 months.
Group-based exercise such as tai chi may reduce the risk of falls by as much as 55%.
For more Fall Facts, visit Falls.pub
Risk Factors for Falls
- previous history of falls
- use of multiple medications or improper dosages
- recently changed medications
- use of medications that cause drowsiness
- a history of hypertension
- impaired vision
- a history of low or unstable blood sugar
- excessive use of alcohol
- Begin a regular exercise program
- Make your home safer. (Try the home safety checklist)
- Have your health care provider review your medications.
- Have your vision checked regularly.
Medication Safety Resources
You can check your medications for potentially harmful drug interactions by following this link