1 in 4 older adults fall each year making falls the leading cause of hospitalizations among older adults. Luckily, most falls are preventable!
Sit or stand slowly. If you are in pain, or have difficulty getting up, call for help and stay still. Move very carefully in case you are injured.
Make note of the date, time of day, and events that led up to the fall. For example, you tripped over something, or you were feeling dizzy before you fell.
Inform a family member, friend, and/or a caregiver. It is important to share that you have fallen even if you are not injured.
Talk to your doctor and other members of your health team.
If falls continue, talk to your health care team about options including medication changes, and mobility aids (e.g., cane, walker, wheelchair).