KEEPING YOUR INDEPENDENCE
Am I at risk for a fall?
Everyone is at risk for a fall, regardless of the age. However, studies have shown that the more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling.
A fall risk factor, such as reduced muscle strength, impaired balance or visual impairment, is something that increases a person’s chance of falling.
Since the number of fall risk factors a person may have usually increase with age, falls occur more often among older adults.
This could be due to a combination of different fall risk factors which are typically grouped into four categories according to the BBSE Model: Biological, Behavioral, Social/Economic and Environmental.
Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to decrease your risk of falls and fall-related injuries. However, the first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them.