Fall Prevention 101

Even though falling seems like more of a senior’s concern, it is important to remember that as we age, the risk of falling only increases.

As we have transitioned into winter we are faced with not only changing road conditions but snowy and icy sidewalks. Taking the extra time to reach your destination and wearing proper footwear will help to prevent injuries from falls.

Here are some fall prevention tips from the Public Health Agency of Canada that will help you stay on your feet. 

  • Keep front steps and walkways in good repair and free of leaves, snow and ice.
  • Make sure your stairs are well lit.
  • Eat nutritious meals to keep up strength, resistance and balance.
  • Don’t skip meals. It can cause weakness and dizziness.
  • Engage in physical activity every day. It’s your best defence against falls.
  • Walk, try tai chi or yoga. Do what you can to maintain your flexibility and balance.
  • Have your hearing and vision checked regularly.
  • If your medication causes dizziness or sleepiness, adjust your activities so you aren’t at risk of falling.
  • Don’t mix alcohol with medications. Alone or in combination with drugs, alcohol can cause falls.
  • Always wear appropriate, comfortable footwear.