Age-related changes in balance and vision, combined with other factors such as medications, can lead to an increased risk of falling as you get older. Unfortunately, once a fall occurs, the road back to health and independence can be a long one. Broken bones and bruises heal more slowly as you grow older. In addition, the prolonged inactivity as your body heals can lead to other serious problems, such as blood clots.
“If you are concerned about your risk factors for falling, talk to your doctor,” says Kitsum Li, a Mills-Peninsula occupational therapist who specializes in fall prevention. “Your doctor can help address any illness that may be contributing to weakness or dizziness and can recommend other services that may help you, such as an evidence-based fall-prevention class.”