How can I prevent a fall?
Challenge Your Balance
Balance is controlling your movements. Practice movements like reaching while standing, toe and heel raises, stepping in different directions, step-ups or half-squats. Try tai chi, yoga or sports that challenge your balance.
Do exercises for your leg muscles. Use bands, weights or your own body weight. Try squats, hamstring curls, and side leg lifts.
Do activities you enjoy! Try to do 30 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity or exercise at least 5 times per week. Walk, dance, garden, bicycle, or swim.
Speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Visit your doctor or healthcare provider at least once a year.
Finding Balance is an education program and public awareness campaign designed to educate and empower older Albertans to stay independent and prevent falls. Seniors can prevent falls by keeping active to improve their strength and balance, reviewing their medications yearly, and by visiting their eye doctor for a yearly eye exam.
What you can do
Most falls can be avoided by taking steps to reduce the risks. Visit the links below to find out what you can do to prevent falls.
Be Active. Challenge Your Balance. Build Strength
Medications, vitamins, and supplements
Vision and eye health
Getting a good night’s sleep
Shoes and footcare
Getting around in your home
Getting around in your community