Strategies to reduce the risk of falling: Cohort study analysis with 1-year follow-up in community dwelling older adults

TitleStrategies to reduce the risk of falling: Cohort study analysis with 1-year follow-up in community dwelling older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMorris JN, Howard EP, Steel K, Berg K, Tchalla A, Munankarmi A, David D
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume16
Issue1
Pagination92
Type of Articlejournal article
ISBN Number1471-2318
Abstract

According to the CDC, falls rank among the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, resulting in significant health care costs annually. In this paper we present information about everyday lifestyle decisions of the older adult that may help reduce the risk of falling. We pursued two lines of inquiry: first, we identify and then test known mutable fall risk factors and ask how the resolution of such problems correlates with changes in fall rates. Second, we identify a series of everyday lifestyle options that persons may follow and then ask, does such engagement (e.g., engagement in exercise programs) lessen the older adult’s risk of falling and if it does, will the relationship hold as the count of risk factors increases?

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12877-016-0267-5
DOI10.1186/s12877-016-0267-5
Short TitleBMC geriatrics