Older people are much more likely to experience serious injury and death from falls. As we get older there are a range of factors that increase the risk of falling, such as loss of muscle strength and the side effects of medicines.
What can you do?
- Exercise regularly to improve your balance and strength.
- Get your eyesight and hearing checked regularly.
- Look after your feet, wear well-fitted footwear and report any problems to your GP or chiropodist.
- Certain medicines can make you feel faint or dizzy so talk to your GP or pharmacist if you think your medication may be affecting you in this way.
- Keep your bones healthy by getting into the sunshine to boost your Vitamin D.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium from dairy foods, fortified soya products or canned fish for example.
- Make sure your home is hazard-free and well-lit.
- If you’ve had a fall, or are worried about falling, talk to your GP who will help you regain your confidence.
Age UK has a useful guide ‘Staying Steady’ which you can download from their website.