Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

32. How can I cope with my fear of falling?

Many older adults are afraid of falling. This fear becomes more common as people age, even among those who haven't fallen. Getting rid of your fear of falling can help you to stay active, maintain your physical health, and prevent future falls.

Fear of falling might cause you to avoid doing activities you enjoy or need to do. It might also cause you to stay at home, away from your friends, family, and others. In turn, you may become lonely and inactive.

If you're worried about falling, talk with your doctor. He or she may be able to help you cope with this concern by referring you to a physical therapist. A physical therapist can help you improve your balance and help build your walking confidence.