The risk of falls and injuries rises as we age. In older adults, the risk of falling is usually related to problems with balance and/or walking problems, the use of multiple medications, dementia, positional low blood pressure, and home hazards.
Your balance may be affected by vision issues, vestibular problems, or changed sensation in your feet. Falls often occur in the bathroom or the dark bedroom at night.
Although it is not possible to completely prevent falls, exercises such as sit-to-stand exercises and balance training that focus on improving balance and building strength can significantly reduce your risk of falling.
Evidence shows that a systematic program of balance/fall prevention helps decrease fall rates of 20% to 50%, including a quick home safety assessment.