Department of Human Services

Standing Together to Prevent Falls

September 22, 2012: 5th Annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

September 1, 2012 | 2 min reading time

This article is 8 years old. It was published on September 1, 2012.


Have you or a loved one experienced a fall at home or out in the community? Did you know that every year one in three adults age 65 and older experience a fall? In Missouri, falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older adults and only half of Missouri’s adults are able to return home or live independently after experiencing a fall. Although the fear of falling can increase the risk of falling due to reduced mobility and physical fitness, there are four easy ways to lower your chances of falling.


1.  Exercise regularly

Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower the chances of falling because it increases your strength, balance, and coordination. Regular exercise will not only help prevent a fall, but it is also good for your overall health.


2.  Have your health care provider review your medications

Taking many medications can cause you to become sleepy and dizzy. A doctor or pharmacist can review both prescription and over-the-counter medications to reduce side effects and interactions.


3.  Have your eyes checked at least once a year

Vision loss and conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can be gradual and painless. You can keep your eyes healthier through early detection of these conditions. It is important to have your eyes checked to see better.


4.  Make your home safer

Good lighting both inside and outside the home and in the community helps prevent falls. It is important to change light bulbs as they burn out. Loose carpets, throw rugs, slippery floors, electric cords, etc. lead to falls as they create dangerous obstacles within the home.


To learn more about falls prevention or other health services for seniors and persons with disabilities, please contact the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging at (314) 612-5918.


References:  Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Steady as you go.

Department of Human Services

City of St. Louis

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