Falls Prevention: Information for Older Adults

Falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable. Each year, one in three adults over 65 will fall causing moderate to severe injuries. (more)

What You Should Do

  • Begin a regular exercise program. Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
  • Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding stair railings and improving the lighting in your home (more).
  • Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you take (including ones that donít need prescriptions such as cold medicines).
  • Have your vision checked by an eye doctor. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. (more)

What We Do

The Rhode Island Falls Injury Prevention subcommittee, which partners with over 30 organizations, works to increase awareness of falls, promotes multidisciplinary strategies to prevent falls, and encourages Rhode Islanders to take steps to protect those who are at an increased risk of falling. The subcommittee co-sponsors Matter of Balance classes throughout the state. This is an evidence-based program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. (more)