Falls Prevention

Fear of falling can contribute to less activity, which reduces strength and balance and increases the chances of falling. Both fears of falling and actual falling are preventable. Most falls prevention programs use a combination of exercise and education. Additionally, physical therapists can help with falls prevention.
Also see Home Health Care, Hospitals and Medical Centers, Rehabilitation Services, and Recreation, including Exercise.

The National Institute on Aging has published simple ways to prevent falling. This is the advice: Stay physically active because regular exercise makes people stronger, especially weight-bearing exercises such as walking or climbing stairs as well as lower body strength exercises and balance exercises. The National Institute on Health also suggests:

• Having vision and hearing tested often and wearing glasses and hearing aids, as needed.
• Investigate the side-effects of medicines. Let your doctor know if a drug makes you sleepy or dizzy.
• Get enough sleep.
• Limit alcohol since it affects balance and reflexes.
• Stand slowly after eating, lying down, or sitting since quick standing can drop blood pressure and make people feel faint.
• Wear rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes/slippers that fully support your feet.

(207) 990-0029

298 State Street, Bangor, ME, United States

Services: Amedisys’ Balanced for Life Program® is a comprehensive program that evaluates each patient in order to develop a systematic approach to treatment. The goal of this unique program is to help restore and manage balance disorders so as to facilitate safe, independent living.

(207) 941-2865

450 Essex Street, Bangor, ME, United States

Services: An award-winning program through the Eastern Area Agency on Aging that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and to increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. This program utilizes volunteer coaches to teach eight two-hour sessions.