The risk of falling increases with age. Falls can lead to pain, distress, injury, loss of confidence - and loss of independence. There is plenty you can do to prevent falls. One of the best ways to stay “fall free” is to exercise regularly so that you have good balance and a good walking style. Balance exercises and activities that improve muscle strength in your legs, arms, back, shoulders and chest are especially helpful.
If you have a fall, talk to your GP. Tell them about your fall, when it happened and how it happened. Ask if you can have some help to reduce your risk of falling again. A number of factors could be contributing to the problem ranging from medical conditions to inappropriate footwear (see Maintaining Independence for more ways to prevent falling in your home)
Find out more about your risk of a fall and advice to prevent falls: