Every year, thousands of older adults fall and hurt themselves. Falls are one of the main causes of injury, and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older. There are many reasons older people fall. They may lose their footing when stepping off a stairway, or getting up from a chair. Or they may fall after getting dizzy from taking medicines. Some falls may be related to the effects of aging, such as muscle weakness or delayed reflexes. Or falls may be related to the results of a stroke. Experts agree that some falls in older adults can be prevented.