Preventing Falls With Evidence-Based Initiatives
Initiatives designed to prevent falls employ a variety of different strategies. Some, such as falls risk assessment and medication management, occur in clinical settings with the help of health care providers.
Others, such as exercise and mitigation of fall hazards in the home, occur in nonclinical settings and may involve nontraditional providers such as community health workers. Combined, these efforts can help provide a comprehensive approach to address the risk and impact of falls in older adults.
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Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations in Utahns age 65 and older.
Consequences from a fall can severely limit one’s ability to live independently. Older adults who fall once are twice as likely as their peers to fall again. Despite these statistics, falls do not need to be an inevitable part of aging.
Research has shown that many falls can be prevented. Three major strategies to reduce fall risks are keeping your home safe, managing your medication, and performing regular strength and balance exercises.
The section below provides ideas for individuals, family members, and caregivers to address major fall risks and safety tips for moving about outside the home.
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by Eric Barker
There’s a lot of good advice on how to be happier or more productive or how to have better relationships. But tips on how to improve your whole life — something that will last decades and experience countless unpredictable changes — those should be regarded with extreme skepticism.
The only way to really get some good insights would be to follow a lot of people for their entire lives and see what actually works. Luckily, somebody did…
The Study of Adult Development combined three massive longitudinal studies — research projects that followed people from youth until old age — to figure out what makes a good life.
With almost a century of data on nearly 1000 people, there are plenty of insights. We’ll cover 6 big ones that can get you on your path to awesomeness.
From the book Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Study of Adult Development:
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Physical Activity: A Prescription for Health
Results for Older Adults include:
- Reduced incidents of falls
- Reduced incidents of fall related injuries
- Improved physical function in adults with or without frailty
- lower risk of mortality
- lower cardiovascular incidence and mortality
- lower incidence of hypertension
- lower incidence of type 3 diabetes
- lower incidence of bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach and lung cancers.
- Reduced risk of dementia
- Improved cognitive function
- Improved quality of life
- Improved sleep
- Reduced feelings of anxiety and depression
- Reduced risk of excessive weight gain
- Weight loss
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