Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Exercises that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medications you take, including over the counter medications. As you get older, the way medications work in your body can change. Some medicines or combinations of medicines may cause sleepiness, or dizziness, which could lead to a fall.
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma, or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
About half of all falls happen in the home. To make your home safer: