Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations in Utahns age 65 and older.
Consequences from a fall can severely limit one’s ability to live independently. Older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again. Despite these statistics, falls do not need to be an inevitable part of aging.
Research has shown that many falls can be prevented. Three major strategies to reduce fall risks are keeping your home safe, managing your medication, and performing regular strength and balance exercises.
The section below provides ideas for individuals, family members, and caregivers to address major fall risks and safety tips for moving about outside the home.
Resources for Individuals and Families
- Falls Prevention Brochure
- 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall from the National Council on Aging
- What You Can Do to Prevent Falls
Take a Fall Prevention Class
- Stepping On Program Information (select Stepping On under "Explore Workshops")
- Stepping On Class Schedule (select "Stepping On" in the Search box under Register for a Program; filter options by zip code and miles)
- Tai Chi Class Schedule (select "Tai Chi for Arthritis" in the Search box under Register for a Program; filter options by zip code and miles)
Learn Specific Strategies to prevent falls from the Utah Commission on Aging Website