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How to Prevent Winter Falls

5 Ways to Avoid Winter Falls

  1. Wear the right footwear. Shoes with rubber soles and good tread provide better traction than leather or plastic soles.
  2. When walking on slippery surfaces, bend your body slightly forward and take shorter strides.
  3. Allow extra time to get to your destination. Avoid rushing or taking shortcuts across slippery areas.
  4. Use cleared pathways that have been treated with sand or salt.
  5. Make sure your footing is solid when getting into or out of a car.

Are you at risk for falling? 

Answer these three questions to find out:

  • Have you fallen in the past year?
  • Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
  • Do you worry about falling?

If you answered YES to any of these three questions, you may be at risk for falling. Especially if you have gait, strength, or balance problems. Falls are linked to physical conditions, medical problems, medications, or safety hazards in the home. Additionally, if you have a fear of falling this can make you more vulnerable to being less active and falling.

Should you have a bone mineral density (BMD) test?

If you recently had a fracture due to a fall, you may need a BMD test to determine your future risk for fractures and osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to see if a BMD test is right for you.

Learn more about preventing falls with these articles from our Health Library:

How Our Plans Can Help

Routine Vision Exam

Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred HMO plans and the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Supplement One plan include coverage for one routine vision exam each year.

Annual Wellness Exam


Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred plans cover an Annual Wellness Exam each plan year. This is a more comprehensive doctor’s office visit designed to develop or update a personalized plan to prevent disease or disability based on your current health risk factors.

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Drug Search
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