Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. That’s the bad news. The good news is that falls can be prevented.
The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. Poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, reduced vision or hearing, hazards in your home, and winter snow and ice can increase your chance of falling. Staying safe and on your feet is a matter of taking some steps to protect yourself. Here are some resources to help reduce your risk of having a fall.
Information and tips on how to prevent falls.
The Council on Aging of Ottawa provides tips for safer walking outdoors in winter.
Try these exercises to increase your strength and balance.
Complete this checklist to see if you are at risk for having a fall.
For more information, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca