The chance of falling increases with age. Falls may be caused by physical changes, health conditions or medications. Here are some simple ways you can help reduce your risk:


  • Avoid climbing and reaching high shelves.
  • Only use a stepladder with a handrail on top.


  • Use a nightlight or lamp by
    your bed.
  • Move cords, clothes or bedding
    that may cause you to trip.


  • Install grab bars by the shower
    and toilet.
  • Place nonskid mats in the
    shower and bath.


  • Clean up spills right away.
  • Avoid cleaning products that
    make surfaces slippery.


  • Keep lights on at night or use
    reflective tape.

Living Room

  • Remove furniture from hightraffic
  • Keep floors clutter-free.
  • Track your pet by putting a bell
    on its collar.
  • Avoid throw rugs and secure
    carpets to the floor.


  • Cover wood stairs with carpet
    or nonslip tread.
  • Install sturdy handrails on all
  • Wear shoes with rubber soles
    or socks with grippers on the

Falling does not have to be a part of aging.

Talk with your doctor if you’ve had issues with balance, walking or falls.