Falls Prevention - Keep Yourself Well

Being in good health can really reduce the risk of falling.  Older people who have long-term health conditions are more at risk of falling.

If you suffer from heart or lung problems, diabetes, high blood pressure or arthritis, there are extra precautions you can take you help you lower the risk of falling.

Poor eyesight or hearing can also impact on your mobility and balance at home.  Make sure you keep up-to-date with your routine sight and hearing tests.  

Check your medication.  Some medications may cause drowsiness or dizziness as a side effect.  If you are taking regular medication, your GP should review this at least once a year – speak to your GP to arrange this. 

You should report any health changes to your GP as soon as possible, especially those that cause weakness.   This could include any pain, aching, soreness or stiffness in your legs or feet, or if you have increased difficulty in walking.

If you are experiencing mobility or balance problems, your GP may be able to recommend a community exercise class to help improve strength or balance, or suggest activities that you could do at home to improve.

Come back tomorrow for our next Falls Prevention blog about eating well.