Falls and Older Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How common are falls among older people?
  2. Why do people fall?
  3. What personal factors can lead to falls?
  4. What environmental factors can lead to falls?
  5. How do falls affect people?
  6. How common are hip fractures, and what problems do they cause?
  7. What is osteoporosis and who gets it?
  8. How do I know if I have osteoporosis?
  9. How can I improve my bone health?
  10. How much calcium and vitamin D do I need to keep my bones strong?
  11. Can medications increase my risk of falling?
  12. Should I talk with my doctor about changing my medications to help prevent falls?
  13. Does physical activity increase my risk of falls?
  14. How does exercise help prevent falls?
  15. Does physical activity help prevent fractures?
  16. What is tai chi and how can it help prevent falls?
  17. Where can I learn more about exercise and older adults?
  18. Can vision problems lead to falls?
  19. What can I do to prevent vision-related falls?
  20. What kind of footwear should I wear to help prevent falls?
  21. Where do most falls happen?
  22. What can I do to prevent falls at home?
  23. Can better lighting help prevent falls?
  24. What other devices can I use to prevent falls at home?
  25. What can I do to prevent falls outdoors?
  26. Should I use a cane to avoid falls?
  27. If I need a cane, what size should I have?
  28. Should I use a walker to prevent falls?
  29. How can I choose the right kind of walker if I need one?
  30. What should I do if I fall?
  31. Should I tell my doctor if I fall?
  32. How can I cope with my fear of falling?
  33. Why do I sometimes feel dizzy when I stand up?
  34. Should I get a personal emergency response system?
  35. Where can I learn more about preventing falls?

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