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Reduce Your Fall Risk: Evidence-Based Exercise Tips

Michael Hunter, MD
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4 min readJun 13, 2024


Taking a tumble can be a major setback, especially for older adults. My reconstructed knee can attest to that. Fortunately, there are ways we can all reduce our fall risk.

When I meet older patients, I always mention strategies for fall risk reduction.

This essay will explore how exercise interventions can benefit community-dwelling adults aged 65 and over at increased risk of falls.

And help those of us who are not yet 65, too.

I’ll examine the science behind fall prevention.

I will also provide practical tips for incorporating safe and effective exercises into your daily routine.

A person falls from the sky.
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So, whether you want to maintain your independence or move more confidently, this post will equip you with valuable information to stay safe and active as you age.

Falls Are Common

Falls are a serious concern for older adults in the United States.

Tumbles are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.



Michael Hunter, MD

I have degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Penn. I am a radiation oncologist in the Seattle area. You may find me regularly posting at