Falls Free CheckUp
Stay healthy and independent by checking your risk for a fall.
Falls are not a natural part of aging. Even if you’re healthy or have talked with your health care provider, it’s important to check your risk. There are many steps you can take to prevent a fall. Answer 13 simple questions to get your falls risk score and resources to prevent falls.
Whose information will you be providing?
You can fill this out for yourself or a person you care for.
I have fallen in the past year. *
People who have fallen once are more likely to fall again.
I use or have been advised to use a cane or walker to get around safely. *
People who have been advised to use a cane or walker may already be more likely to fall.
Sometimes I feel unsteady when I am walking. *
Unsteadiness or needing support while walking are signs of poor balance.
I steady myself by holding onto furniture when walking at home. *
The need to steady yourself is a sign of poor balance.
I am worried about falling. *
People who are worried about falling are more likely to fall.
I need to push with my hands to stand up from a chair. *
Using your arms to help stand is a sign of weak leg muscles, a major reason for falling.
I have some trouble stepping up onto a curb. *
Trouble stepping onto a curb is a sign of weak leg muscles.
I often have to rush to the toilet. *
Rushing to the bathroom, especially at night, increases your chance of falling.
I have lost some feeling in my feet. *
Numbness in your feet can cause stumbles and lead to falls.
I take medicine that sometimes makes me feel light-headed or more tired than usual. *
Side effects from medicines can sometimes increase your chance of falling.
I take medicine to help me sleep or improve my mood. *
Side effects from mood or sleep medicines can sometimes increase your chance of falling.
I often feel sad or depressed. *
Symptoms of depression, such as not feeling well or feeling slowed down, are linked to falls.
I am healthy and active. Am I really at risk for a fall?
Even healthy and active people can fall, and the risk of serious injury from a fall increases as we age. Several risk factors, such as osteoporosis or mild arthritis, are not related to how healthy you look or feel. Learn your risk for falls, so you can stay healthy, injury-free, and independent.
Do I need to get my falls risk score if I’ve already talked with my health care provider?
Evidence from CDC shows that answering these questions can help you and your health care provider better understand your risk for a fall. Answering these questions and sharing your report with your provider gives them additional information that can help you prevent a fall in the future.
Are falls a natural part of aging?
Falls are not a natural part of aging. Research has shown that you can dramatically lower your risk of falling and serious injury. The first step in protecting yourself is learning if you're at risk and sharing this information with your health care provider.
Should I really be worried about falls?
While many falls do not result in injury, a potential injury from a fall can be serious. Fractures are the most common injury related to falls. More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Those who suffer from certain conditions such as osteoporosis are more likely to have a fracture from a fall.
This tool was created through a partnership between Amgen and the CDC Foundation with leveraged technical resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).