Age UK

Staying Steady

Keep active and reduce your risk of falling


There are lots of simple things that you can do to help you stay steady on your feet. This guide has information for everyone, whether you’re fit and active, have difficulty walking and getting around, or are worried about falling.

General health and wellbeing can make a big difference to your quality of life, whatever your age. Eating well and keeping fit are important. But there are also specific things that you can do to improve your strength and balance, which are set out in this guide. Building and maintaining your strength and balance can help you carry on doing the things you enjoy. 

Throughout this guide you will find suggestions for organisations that can offer further information and advice about your options. Their contact details can be found in the ‘Useful organisations’ section (see pages 30–38). Contact details for organisations near you can usually be found in your local phone book. If you have difficulty finding them, your local Age UK should be able to help (see page 30).

As far as possible, the information given in this guide is applicable across the UK.


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