Tips to break the vicious cycle of falls
Tips for avoiding falls
When you say “Yes” to these questions, falls become less likely.
Understanding fall risk and the Vicious Cycle of Falls
Falls are a real concern for older adults
It is estimated that one out of three adults age 65 and older fall each year, and fall rates increase sharply with advancing age. Many of those falls cause serious injury – hip, wrist or vertebra fracture – or sometimes death.2 And falls can rob older adults of their independence, often resulting in a move to a nursing home or other supervised living situation.
Fear of falling can increase your risk of falls
Cutting back on physical activity leads to loss of strength, reduced muscle tone, balance problems, decline in overall health, and often depression – all of which makes it more likely you will fall again. It’s a vicious cycle.
Help is readily available
Many falls are preventable. The first step is to overcome fear and transform it into actions that help you avoid falls. Talk to your healthcare provider about your concerns, and use the checklist on this page to learn how to reduce your risk
Fear of falling may lead you to cut back on physical activity.
But you should do just the opposite! Staying active is important to avoid falls.
Chronic disease and other factors affecting overall health and well-being in older adults increase the risk of falls
Fitness: A Key to Avoiding Falls
Discover a variety of exercises recommended for older adults.
How to Get up From a Fall
Learn how to safely recover after you’ve fallen by following these simple steps.