Elder Freedom’s Guide to Preventing Senior Falls

Guest author: Michael Longsdon has made it his mission to help locate resources, events, and engagement opportunities to help enrich the lives of seniors. He created Elder Freedom as an advocate for older adults in his community.  Through his site (http://elderfreedom.net/), he provides tips to seniors on how to downsize and age in place.

Blue and green "Elder Freedom" logo.

Notice: The information in this guide is not meant to treat, diagnose, or offer medical advice. Please consult your primary care doctor before engaging in any lifestyle changes.

As we advance into our senior years, emerging health conditions and physical changes, and even the prescription medications we use to treat those conditions each make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among senior adults. Even still, the fear of accidental falls shouldn’t have an impact in our lives.

Read our simple fall-prevention strategies below to learn more about preventing accidental falls.

Consult Your Physician

Before further reading, it’s important to consult your physician and get their professional opinion on which strategies are best for you.

Fall Prevention Questions for Seniors
How to Prevent Falls: 4 Proven Approaches
Preventing falls – what to ask your doctor

Keep Physically Active

Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, swimming, and biking are all great ways to keep our bodies healthy into their senior years.

The 7 Worst Exercises for Older Adults
Exercises for Seniors: The Complete Guide
14 Exercises for Seniors to Improve Strength and Balance
Exercise after age 70 – Harvard Health

Reduce Home Fall Hazards

By reducing as many fall hazards as possible at home, we can minimize our risk of accidental falls.

Home Design for Fall Prevention for Seniors
Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist (PDF)
9 Ways to Prevent Falling at Home

Do you have any more tips you think would help others avoid accidental falls? Let us know and we’d be happy to consider adding them here.

Edit 6/21/21: Sixty and Me has published a hub of statistics on older adult falls. Click here to access this excellent resource.

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