Why Do People Fall?

Why Do People Fall?

Some of the reasons people fall are:

  • Tripping or slipping due to loss of footing or traction
  • Safety hazards in the home
  • Slow reflexes, which make it hard to keep your balance or move out of the way of a hazard
  • Balance problems
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Poor vision
  • Illness
  • Taking medicines
  • Drinking alcohol.

 

Illness and some medicines can make you feel dizzy, confused, or slow. Medicines that may increase the risk of falls are:

  • Blood pressure pills
  • Heart medicines
  • Diuretics (water pills)
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Sleeping pills.

 

Drinking alcohol can lead to a fall because it can:

  • Slow your reflexes
  • Cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy
  • Alter your balance
  • Cause you to take risks that can lead to falls.