Some long-term health conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, depression, arthritis, heart conditions and urinary incontinence can increase your risk of falling by causing dizziness, confusion, light-headedness, slowed reactions, reduced awareness of surroundings, blurred vision or a drop in blood pressure.
Take control of your health — Be aware of your body and consult your health provider when things don’t feel right. It is important to address your long-term health conditions to prevent worsening, maintain status or in some cases even gain improvements.
Learn about your health conditions — Some medications can have side effects that can increase your risk of falling. Visit the medication section of the website for more information.
Take precautions — Keep your full attention on what you are doing at the time, and don’t rush. It is important to ask for help when you need it and to take breaks if you start to get tired.
Manage your symptoms — Participate in suitable activities to manage any pain or stress associated with your health condition (e.g. exercise, relaxation, yoga, tai chi, massage, hydrotherapy). It may also help to share your thoughts and feelings with family and trusted friends. It is important to participate in social and recreational activities and keep doing things that you enjoy.
For more information on managing your health contact:
- Your doctor or health provider
- Health Links – Info Santé at 788-8200