Falling Is there a way to fall to minimize injury?

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This article was edited and updated on April 23, 2017.

Can we Prevent Falling?

Once we begin to fall, it's tough to stop it.

Not completely, no. But there are many relatively simple things we can do to prevent a fall, especially as we age. Here are some basic suggestions for improving your chances of avoiding a fall.

What if there's no chance of preventing a fall? What do I do in that moment?

When we fall, it is usually so quick that we don't even have time to think about the consequences. But, if you can keep your wits about you, there are some things that might help.

General rules:

If you are falling backward, consider these defensive reactions:

If you are falling forward, here are some things to consider:

If you are falling to the side, here are some other suggestions:

Are there other things older adults can do to prevent falling?

Yes. There are two important activities that you should consider doing on a regular basis in your post-55 world.

It is never too late to start physical activity. Even a daily walk will be beneficial to your health. Start today!

For a personal discussion of a fall I took in 2011, see After a Fall.

I am a BCRPA-certified fitness instructor in Vancouver, BC. I teach four classes at the West End Community Centre in Vancouver, BC, mostly designed for the older adult. The Inevitable Disclaimer: Everything published here expresses only my opinion, based on my training and research. What you do with the information is entirely your own responsibility. I am not liable for any injury you suffer that seems to be related to anything you read here. Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program. For other articles, return to the table of contents.

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