OHSU

Seniors

Fall Prevention among Older Adults

Fall Facts

  • 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
  • delirium
  • 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
  • arthritis
  • stroke
  • excessive use of alcohol
CD Summary: Gravity: Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

 

Prevention Strategies

  • 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

Institute for Safe Medication Practices   www.consumermedsafety.org