Falls shouldn’t be viewed as an inevitable consequence of aging, but they are more likely to occur as people get older.
If you're worried about falling, you can contact the occupational therapy team for an assessment. They may be able to offer you solutions to tasks that you find difficult, or may recommend adaptations to your property.
Things you can do to help are:
- take your time, you will be less likely to fall
- sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes to prevent dizziness when standing
- if getting up in the night, make sure the room has the correct lighting
- make sure your bed is the right height for you
- never put a mattress on top of another to raise the height, as this makes the bed unstable
As people age, fear of falling may become a serious concern. Having a fall can leave people very shaken up, it makes them more cautious, stops them from doing things and causes a loss of confidence in their own abilities.
Some of the reasons you might fall include:
- a loss of strength and balance
- changes in medication
- foot problems
- medical conditions such as Parkinson's
- trip hazards in the home
- ice and snow
There are a number of ways that you can reduce your risk of falling:
Exercise for over 50s
Focus on activities that challenge your balance and strengthen your legs, like gardening, dancing, tai chi or special balance and stability classes.
There are a number of exercise classes targeted at overs 50s in Waltham Forest. You can find out more in our guide to services and activities for the over 50s leaflet (pdf 2483KB).
We manage a number of open spaces and picnic places where you can get out and about for walks and mild exercise.
Find your sport
There's a sport to suit everyone, whether you haven’t tried it before or you already know it’s something you’re going to enjoy. Take a look at our sporting activities to get an idea of what’s available.