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  • Sep 28, 2022

Fear of Falling and How to Stay Upright

September is Fall Prevention month

Each year, millions of older adults, 65 and older, fall. And of the more than 1 of 4 older adults who do, less than half tell their doctor. People who fall once have a much greater risk of falling again.

Falls are serious and costly

Broken bones and head injuries are common outcomes of falling. It’s always best to get checked out by a provider after a fall, especially if you hit your head.

Even if no physical injury occurs after a fall, there is a psychological toll. Many older adults become afraid of falling. People may reduce activities to protect themselves. This can increase frailty and further increase the risk of falling.

What increases your risk of falling?
What can you do to lower your risk of falling?
  • Join group exercises
  • Stay active
  • Walk every day
  • Strengthen your legs
  • Address vision and hearing issues
  • Take medications as prescribed
Find if you’re at risk for falling

At Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), our doctors do Fall Screenings to determine if older adults are at risk of falling. Patients work with Physical and Occupational therapists for strength and balance training and get reminders on hazards to remove in their homes.

After an injury, illness or surgery, you may need help rebuilding your strength and mobility.The CHA Physical Therapy team will evaluate your needs and develop a personal treatment plan, often with education and exercises.

Your physical therapist will guide you just like a personal coach. Together, you’ll work toward reaching your goals. They’ll help you get back on your feet, walk independently or live your life with less pain.

If you’re a family caregiver, here's additional information to help protect older adults from falling.

Contact us

Visit CHA's Physical Therapy webpage for more information or call 617-591-4600 to make an appointment.

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