As many of you already know, your risk of falling each year after age 65 is about one in three. Falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related death among older adults. However many falls and fall-related injuries are preventable.
The below Activities-Specific Balance Confidence questions will help you decipher your level of confidence and risk of falling.
For each of the following activities, please indicate your level of confidence in doing the activity without losing your balance or becoming unsteady from choosing one of the percentage points on the scale from 0% to 100%. If you do not currently do the activity in question, try to imagine how confident you would be if you had to do the activity. If you normally use a walking aid to do the activity or hold onto someone, rate your confidence as if you were using these supports.
0% 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100%
No Confidence Completely Confident
How confident are you that you will not lose your balance or become unsteady when you…
Total ABC Score: Scoring: / 16 = _________% of self confidence
Ask your doctor for a referral for physical or occupational therapy to assist you with fall prevention strategies. Our Rehab team is available to help you to decrease your risk of falling.
Source: Powell LE & Myers AM. The Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) Scale. Journal of Gerontology Med Sci 1995; 50 (1):M28-34.