“I know I’m going to fall when I get older. I feel like everyone does. That’s normal.” – We hear this time and time again! Falls are common among older adults, but they are not normal! There are things you can do to reduce your risk of falling and stay upright as you age! Let’s talk about some myths about falls and set the record straight.
If it isn’t evident yet, while they are serious and may be common, falls are NOT a normal part of aging! Taking a look at all of the things that impact falls risk, like medications, vision and hearing, physical activity, exercise, your home environment and more, many of those risk factors can be modified! You can practice balance and strength exercises, talk to your provider or pharmacist about reviewing your medications and getting an annual vision and hearing check, talk with your loved ones, use assistive devices and more. Now, you are equipped with the knowledge and tools to take steps to prevent falls as you age.