Take Falls Seriously: Know your Risk

Health & Well Being

Could you be at risk of a fall? It’s a question your doctor can help answer.

Often, people are at risk of falling because of medical problems or changes in vision or hearing. Some medications also can increase the risk of falling.

See your primary care provider (PCP)

A step you can take to learn about your chances of falling is to bring it up with your doctor. If there is a problem that could cause you to fall, your doctor can help you address it.

Here are 4 key screenings and strategies to discuss with your doctor:

  1. See to eye exams. Vision changes, due to aging or certain conditions, can cause you to fall. Update your glasses or contact lens prescription, if needed.
  2. Review your medications. Some medicines can cause dizziness or sleepiness that could cause you to fall. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects.
  3. Get your feet checked. Foot pain or problems can make you more likely to fall. Ask your doctor about proper footwear to help prevent falls.
  4. Have your hearing checked. People who have hearing loss may be at greater risk of falling.

Your annual wellness visit is a great time to talk about your risk of falling and to make sure you’re getting the overall health screenings you need.