Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

3. What personal factors can lead to falls?

Some personal factors that can lead to falls are

  • muscle weakness, especially in the legs
  • poor balance or difficulty walking -- factors that could be related to a neurological cause, arthritis, or another condition that might be treated.
  • blood pressure that drops too much on standing
  • vision problems
  • taking medications that cause side effects like dizziness and confusion, or that interact with one another.

Impaired mental abilities and urinary incontinence may also contribute to falls.