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Older Adult Falls: Effective Approaches to Prevention
  • Published Date:
    Apr 28 2017
  • Source:
    Curr Trauma Rep. 3(2):118-123
  • Language:
    English
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  • Pubmed ID:
    28845383
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC5568681
  • Description:
    Purpose

    The issue of older adult falls combines a problem with high incidence and high injury susceptibility with an increasing population at risk. A firm understanding of both fall risk factors and effective strategies is required to reduce risk and prevent these injuries.

    Recent Findings

    Each year, 28.7% of older adults aged ≥65 sustain a fall. At the national level, this represents 29 million falls resulting in 27,000 deaths and 7 million injuries requiring medical treatment or restricted activity for at least 1 day. There are several strategies that have been shown to effectively reduce the risk or the incidence of falls.

    Summary

    More than 90% of older adults see a medical provider at least once a year providing an opportunity to identify and address fall risk factors. Comprehensive fall prevention in the primary care setting is both feasible and practical.

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