Falls Prevention & Immobility
Falls are common accidents for older people. Around one in three people aged 65 years and older, and living in the community, will fall at least once this year.
There are a number of steps older people can take to decrease their risk of having a fall, including:
- Taking regular exercise, such as walking for at least 10 minutes every day;
- Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, with plenty of calcium;
- Getting your GP to review all the medicines you are taking - including the medicines you buy over the counter, such as pain killers, vitamins and herbal remedies;
- Seeing your GP for a check-up if you feel dizzy or unsteady on your feet when you stand up or walk;
- Getting your eyes checked if you have trouble seeing things or if you have other problems with your eyes;
- Making sure your home and surroundings are safe. For example, removing or fixing things that might cause you to trip or slip over; and
- Wearing well fitting shoes with low heels and non-slip soles.
NSW Health produces a range of information sheets on falls prevention in English and community languages.