Fall Prevention and Bone Health
Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. As we age, our bones lose some of their strength. This increases the risks for falling and injury. A bad fall can affect your mobility and independence.
Tips to Reduce Your Chance of Falling
- Stay active and exercise regularly.
Yoga, Tai Chi or water walking can improve muscle strength. Weight training helps keep bones healthy. Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. You can also take advantage of our Silver&Fit Program.
- Know your medications.
Keep a current list of your medications and share the list with your doctor at each visit. Our Personal Medication ListOpen a PDF can help.
- Keep high-traffic areas clear.
Most slips, trips and falls occur in the home. Make your home safer by moving furniture or other objects to make a clear path. Place night lights in the bathroom or hall. Use non-slip mats and carpets that firmly grip the floor.
- Stay sharp.
Have your eyes checked at least once a year by an eye doctor to correct any changes in your vision.
- Talk to your doctor.
If you have concerns about falling, discuss them with your doctor. He or she will help you develop a plan to limit your risks.
Understanding Your Bone Health
Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens your bones, making them more fragile. It is treatable and often it can be prevented. In many cases, early prevention and treatment can make a big difference.
Get to know more about your bone healthOpens a PDF and learn about osteoporosis symptoms, risk factors, detection, testing, and prevention.
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This page last updated 10-01-2023.