Lifestyle Management

Falling is not a normal part of aging.

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is they are not. Most falls can be prevented--and you have the power to reduce your risk of falling.

Exercising, managing medications, yearly hearing and vision checkup, and making your living environment safer are all steps to help prevent a fall.

Physical Activity

The most effective way to prevent falls is to be physically active. Performing strength and balance exercises at least 3 times per week will reduce the chances of falling.

Some people may feel that if they limit their activity, it will reduce their chances of falling but this will actually increase the risk of falling because the muscles become weaker, which helps maintain balance and stability. 

Montana Falls Prevention Program

The Montana Falls Prevention Program supports two falls prevention programs, Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL) and Stepping On. Both programs include exercises.

Home Exercises

Talk to Your Doctor

At your annual wellness visit, ask your doctor to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do.

Some risk factors for falling include:

Falls Prevention is a Team Effort Your Doctor

Medication Management

Have your doctor and/or pharmacist review all the medication you take annually, including prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine, herbal supplements, and vitamins.

Some medicines or combinations of medicines can make you feel drowsy, dizzy, or light-headed. These may cause you to lose you balance or feel unsteady on your feet.

Resources for Medication Management


Falls Prevention is a Team Effort Your Pharmacist

*If you have unwanted or expired prescription medications, you can bring them to a prescription dropbox.

Hearing and Vision Checked

Hearing and vision impairment increases the risk of falling.
Have your hearing and vision checked every year.
  • Invest in hearing aids if recommended
  • Invest or upgrade eyeglass prescription if needed
    • If you have bifocal or progressive lenses, you may want to get a pair of glasses with only your distance prescription for outdoor activities, such as walking. Sometimes these types of lenses can make things seem closer or farther away than they really are.

Home Safety

Over half of the falls happen at home. Making simple changes around your home can decrease your risk of falling.

  • Remove tripping hazards such as papers, books, clothes, and shoes
  • Tape or tack down or remove rugs
  • Replace dim or non-functioning light bulbs
  • Put handrails on all stairs and steps
  • Install grab bars next to your toilet and in the tub or shower
  • Click for more home safety and modification tips

Falls Prevention is a Team Effort You Friends and Family

Home Safety Resources