Preventing Falls

posted on February 23, 2012

Below are six tips for seniors to stay safe and help to prevent falls1:

  • Exercise regularly. It increases strength, flexibility and balance.

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines…both prescription and over-the-counter.

    • Many medicines can cause side effects such as weakness or dizziness.

    • Both can increase the risk of falls.

  • Have your eyes checked regularly.

  • Wear the right footwear. The safest shoes fit your feet, have low heels, non-slip soles, are laced up (keep tied at all times) or are secured with fabric fasteners.

  • Stay out of trees and off the roof. If you must harvest…please have a friend hold the ladder.

  • Make your home safer by removing fall hazards and improving lighting.

    • Remove clutter like loose papers, boxes, wires and phone cords from walk paths and stairways.

    • Add lighting or make lights brighter especially in stairways.

    • Consider a nightlight in the bathroom, bedroom and hallways.

If you have any questions in regards to the information contained in this article, contact the Department of Health's Emergency Medical Services Injury Prevention Systems Branch at

1Preventing Falls - Tips for Seniors to Stay Safe, Hawaii State Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Injury Prevention Systems Branch.

* The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. The information on this webpage does not constitute medical, nursing or other professional health care advice or diagnosis and should not be relied upon for treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition. First Hawaiian Bank expressly disclaims responsibility, and shall have no liability, for any damages, loss, injury, or liability whatsoever suffered as a result of any decision made or action taken based on your reliance on the information contained in this site.

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