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Adults Rutland Information Service

Age UK Fall Prevention

We shouldn’t see falls as a normal part of ageing, or something that ‘just happens’ as you get older. There are lots of simple things you can do to help you stay steady on your feet.

Exercise
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to maintain independence and ensure we stay steady on our feet and reduce balance problems. 

Check your Sight and Hearing
Vision and hearing play a vital role in balance and movement.

Look After Your Feet
Problems with your feet can stop you getting out and about, affect your balance and increase the risk of falls. So it’s important to report any problems to your GP or practice nurse as soon as possible.

Manage Your Medicines
Certain medicines can make you feel faint or dizzy and affect your balance. Let your GP know if you ever feel like this after taking medicine – they may need to check the dose or look at alternatives.


Keep your bones health
The strength of your bones makes a big difference to the effect of a fall.Activities such as brisk walking, bowls and tennis are weight-bearing and help keep your bones strong.

Check For Hazards
Keeping an eye out for things that could cause you to slip, trip or fall can make your home a safer place to live. Some of these points may seem obvious, but it’s so easy to overlook them.

Tackle the fear of falling
We all stumble or trip sometimes. But fear of falling can start to become a serious worry – and can be quite difficult to deal with, if not addressed quickly.
Your GP can check your balance and walking to see if they can be improved and refer you for a falls risk assessment.

Who to contact

Telephone
0800 678 1174
Website
www.ageuk.org.uk/
Parent Organisation
Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland

This page was last updated on: 26/03/2018

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