Fall Prevention

Falls can happen to anyone, but as we age, we are more at risk. A serious fall can affect your quality of life. However, falls are preventable and are not a natural part of aging.

Finding Balance is an awareness campaign targeted for adults aged 55 and older. This campaign focuses on real life strategies that adults can put into practice to prevent falls.  The four key messages are:

Watch Your Step (click to expand) »
  • The ideal show diagramKeep your home well-lit and free of clutter.
  • Be aware of uneven surfaces and icy conditions when walking.
  • Have your vision checked every year.
  • Wear supportive shoes to help keep balance.
  • Slow down and take your time.
Speak Up About Dizziness (click to expand) »

Tell your health-care provider and take action.

  • Have your blood pressure checked when you are lying down and standing up. You may start to feel dizzy if your blood pressure drops quickly when you stand up.
  • After lying in bed or sitting in a chair be sure to clench your fists and circle your ankles ten times. Take your time and get up slowly.
  • Tell your doctor if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Medications can be one of the causes of dizziness.
  • Drink fluids each day to avoid dehydration which may cause dizziness.
Check Your Medications (click to expand) »

Talk to your health-care provider or pharmacist.

  • Be sure to use the same pharmacy for your prescriptions to stop harmful interactions.
  • Review your medications with your health care provider or pharmacist each year.
  • Medications that relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood, can also increase your chances of falling.
  • Don’t forget that over-the-counter pills, vitamins, and herbal supplements must also be considered when taken with your medications.
Keep Active (click to expand) »

Exercise for strength and balance.

  • Regular exercise can help prevent a fall by building up your strength and improving balance.
  • Ask your local physiotherapist or health-care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
  • Get advice from an occupational therapist about the best way to stay safe and keep active while doing everyday activities at home or in your community.
  • Be active for 30 minutes a day.

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Last updated: 2024-01-29