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Falls prevention

Falling can be a common problem for people as they get older, but falls are not an inevitable consequence of old age and there are many things that you can do to reduce your risk of falling.

Stay active

The more active you are the more you will be able to maintain your muscle and bone strength and stay steady on your feet. Walking, gardening, Tai Chi and dancing are great examples of ways you can stay active.

Eat well

You can also help to keep your bones strong by eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. You can find out more information and get advice on healthy eating on the Age UK website.

Ensure your home is safe

Try to remove clutter and other trip hazards such as rugs and trailing wires. Try to ensure that there’s enough light to see, especially if you get up at night.

Look after your feet

It’s also important that you look after your feet. It sounds simple, but wearing well fitted shoes and slippers and regularly cutting nails can help to reduce your risk of falls. You can find more information on the Age UK website.

Talk to your GP

If you’ve had a fall it’s important that you talk to your GP about it and they will be able carry out some simple checks. For example, certain medicines can make you feel faint and affect your balance. If you take several medicines you should ask your GP or Pharmacist to review them regularly in case the dose needs to be changed.

Have regular eye tests and ear check ups

You should get your eyes checked and your glasses prescription reviewed as often as your optician advises, and at least every two years. NHS eye tests are free if you’re over 60. If you have problems with your hearing, don’t delay going to your GP for a check-up. Further information is also available on the South Gloucestershire Council website.

Advice on what to do if you fall is available on the NHS website.

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