Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Falls are not a normal part of aging. You can prevent falls by staying active, making your home safer, getting regular health checkups, and practicing falls prevention tips. Stay on your feet by being active, eating healthy and drinking water!

Are you at risk for a fall?

  • History of falls
  • Fear of falling
  • Limited mobility
  • Impaired walking
  • Poor balance
  • Visual impairment
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Slow reaction time
  • Medications
  • Physical inabilities
  • Home hazards

Fact Sheet Risk Factors for Falls

How to prevent a fall

  • Stay active to improve muscle strength & balance
  • Take your time getting out of chairs – stand and get your balance before walking
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Improve lighting
  • Use non-slip mats in your shower and/or bathtub
  • Pay attention to uneven surfaces
  • Keep stairways well lit
  • Wear proper footwear

Fall prevention: Simple tips to prevent falls

Fit and Fall Proof

Staying active helps to prevent falls! The Fit & Fall Proof™ exercise program focuses on improving muscular strength, balance and flexibility. The 10-week exercise program is held at senior centers, community centers, churches, and health clinic. Classes are held twice a week for at least 45 minutes. Class size is limited for safety reasons and some sites do not hold classes all year round. Please call Michelle at 208-239-5207 to find a class that is in session and nearest to you.

For more information, please contact:
Michelle Butterfield, M.H.E.
Falls Prevention Program