What can I do?
If you are fearful of falling and feel it affects your wellbeing, talk to your doctor or other health professional about strategies you can use to reduce your risk of falling and make you feel more confident about your abilities.
If you are fearful of falling when doing a specific activity, try the following:
- Do it the first few times with someone before doing it on your own.
- Think of solutions to make the activity more safe or less daunting e.g. install a handrail next to the bath
- If you need help or assistance, be assertive and ask for help
If you don't feel as steady on your feet anymore, its even more important to stay active. Evidence based exercise which improves strength and balance has been proven to reduce the risk of having a fall in addition to improving confidence.
Otherwise if you're interested in learning more about balance and strength exercises that you can do safely at home, here are home exercises, or visit Staying Active And On Your Feet for information on preventing falls.
Just remember, being more confident and less fearful can reduce your risk of falling.