Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Every year, one in three Americans aged 65 and older experiences a fall. In New York City, falls are a leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalization for older adults. In addition to serious injuries and deaths, falls can affect the quality of life for older adults, sometimes making it harder for them to live independently. Although falls are common, they do not need to be a normal part of aging. Falls are preventable and everyone can help older adults avoid them.

Learn more about how falls prevention contributes to the Health of Older Adults in New York City (PDF).

Tips and Strategies

Falls can happen for many reasons. Some factors that can lead to falls include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble with mobility or balance
  • Side effects of medications
  • Fear of falling.

You can prevent falls by taking these measures:

In the event of a fall, there are strategies and tips that can help you prepare for potential falls and decrease your risk of serious injury.

Caregivers and Providers

If you are taking care of an older adult, check out the Department of Heath’s tips and resources for new and experienced caregivers.

New York City Falls Prevention Coalition

The New York City Falls Prevention Coalition brings together partners from across different sectors to leverage information and resources to reduce the incidence and burden of falls among vulnerable populations. For more information, contact the Falls Prevention Coalition at

Additional Resources

To get free falls prevention materials by mail, call 311.

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