For older adults, a fall can trigger a series of events that ultimately result in declining health and a loss of independence. Fortunately, most falls are preventable. Below are some falls prevention tips, programs, and resources from ACL and our partners:
Resources from the National Falls Prevention Resource Center lead by the National Council on Aging and funded by ACL:
- Debunking the Myths of Older Adults and Falls - Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.
- 6 Ways to Prevent Falls: Video and Inforgraphic (Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese)
- NCOA Map of Partners and Programs - Connect with a community-based fall prevention program by visiting .
- 18 Steps to Fall Proofing Your Home - More than 75% of falls take place inside or in close proximity to the home, but your home doesn’t have to be an obstacle course of potential falls. Some simple and quick changes will easily help reduce your risk of falling. (NCOA Blog)
- Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers: As a caregiver, you have the power to reduce your loved one’s risk of falling, and your own fall risk as well. This guide will help you learn about fall risk factors and develop a falls prevention action plan.
- Descriptions of Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs - Explore evidence-based programs that have been proven to help older adults reduce their risk and fear of falling.
- Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from The National Institute on Aging - This 120-page, illustrated guide describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older people, with sample exercises and tips. (English and Spanish)
- Eldercare Locator - A nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations.
- Find your state's Assistive Technology Program - Assistive Technology (AT) including grab bars, ramps, and motion-activated lights can make falls less likely. State AT programs can help you discover, try, and finance AT devices.