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Transitions in Aging

Aging in Place

Fall Risk and Prevention

Photo of a woman who fell on the floor

  • The leading cause of death in older adults
      - 60% of falls occur at home
  • The most effective ways to prevent falls include:
      - Environmental or home modifications
      - Increased physical activity
      - Medication management

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Notes and References

Fall prevention is one reason to seriously consider making home modifications.

One in three older adults falls at least once a year and 60 percent of falls occur at home.1 To prevent falls, we should make home modifications and perform physical activity to improve strength, flexibility and balance.1 Also, if we are experiencing falls, it is important to review the medications we are taking with our doctors.1


  1. National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification. (n.d.). Home modification resources: Safety for older consumers. Retrieved from: