Falling puts you at increased risk of a broken bone and could hurt your quality of life.  Here are some things you should do to minimize the risk of falling:

  • When you get out of bed in the morning, get up slowly. Sit up, plant your feet on the ground, sit for a moment to get your bearings, then get up slowly.

  • If you are sitting, plant your feet and use the arm rest to help you rise slowly.

  • Wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes.

  • Do not walk in socks, stockings or slippers that may have a slippery bottom.

  • If your medication is making you dizzy or lightheaded, speak to your doctor.

  • Don’t be afraid to use a cane or walking stick if it gives you stability.

  • Avoid using a step ladder because it is easy to lose your balance. Make sure everything you use regularly – food, dishes, clothes, medication – is on a shelf at eye-level or lower and is easy to reach.

  • Speak to your doctor about balance exercises he or she recommends.