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Stay Steady on Your Feet with Fall Prevention Strategies | RMHP Blog

Stay Steady on Your Feet with Fall Prevention Strategies | RMHP Blog



Falling is common, and falls can be serious and costly. Millions of people aged 65 and older fall each year, resulting in three million emergency room visits and 800,000 hospitalizations annually for related injuries. Take steps to stay safe by knowing your risks and implementing fall prevention strategies into your routine.

The Cost of Falling

Many falls don’t cause injuries, but one out of every five falls does – and falling even once actually doubles your chances of falling again. Injuries can include broken bones or head injuries, and falls cause more than 95% of hip fractures. In fact, more than $50 billion is spent on medical costs for non-fatal falls annually. Medicare and Medicaid cover much of that, though.

Take Steps to Stay Safe

Injuries can make it difficult to perform day-to-day activities and can affect your ability to remain independent. You can prevent falls, however, and there are steps you can take to help you stay steady and safe. Taking a fall risk assessment, like this one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a great way to identify potential risks and understand why they matter. This mobility tool can also help you plan for changes as you age and stay independent.

You can also help reduce your risk of falling by taking these actions:

  • Talk to your doctor about your risk and the fall prevention strategies that may be right for you. Review any medications you take and discuss side effects, like dizziness or tiredness, that may increase your fall risk. Always tell your doctor if you have fallen since your last checkup, even if you weren’t injured.
  • Get an annual eye exam and update your glasses as needed. Some conditions, like glaucoma or cataracts, can limit your vision and increase your risk of falling.
  • Stay active and focus on exercises that can help improve your balance and strength.
  • Make your home safe by removing trip hazards and installing handrails.
  • Wear shoes that are rubber-soled or non-skid.
  • Use an assistive walking device, like a cane or walker, if you feel unsteady.

Remember, falls don’t have to be an inevitable part of aging. Take steps today for a healthier, safer tomorrow.