Learn to do a few exercises for strength and balance. Practicing these each day can help you stay active and independent.
low-heeled shoes that fit well and give your feet good support. Use footwear
with nonskid soles. Repair or replace worn heels and soles.
If you use a walker or cane, make sure it is fitted to you. Put rubber tips on it.
If you have pets, keep them in one place
at night. Train your pets not to jump or get underfoot.
Think about buying a collar with a bell for your pet so you will know
when your pet is nearby.
Learn about your medicines
Know the side
effects of the medicines that you take. Ask your
doctor if the medicines you take can
affect your balance. For instance, sleeping pills
and some medicines for anxiety can affect your
If you take two or more medicines, talk to your doctor
about how they work together. Sometimes combinations of medicines can
cause dizziness or sleepiness. Either of these can lead to
Make your home safer
Remove or fix things you could trip
over, such as raised doorway thresholds, throw rugs, or loose carpet.
Keep paths clear of electrical cords and
Use nonskid floor wax, and wipe up
spills right away.
Keep your house well
lit. Use night-lights (or keep the overhead light on at
night) in hallways and
Put sturdy handrails on stairways.
Make sure you have a light at the top and bottom of the
Store things on
lower shelves so you don't have to climb or reach high.
Keep a phone and a flashlight by your bed.
Check the flashlight batteries often to make sure they still