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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.

...continue reading "Older Adult Falls—Costly But Not Inevitable: Health Affairs Blog"

by Jeff Minerd, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today 

Examples of effective exercise interventions evaluated in the clinical trials included supervised individual and group exercise classes, physical therapy, functional training, resistance training, and endurance training. The majority of trials, however, included group exercise classes.

Fall Prevention

...continue reading "USPSTF: Exercise Best for Preventing Falls – updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)"

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) - By: Rosie Nguyen  Posted: Apr 24, 2018 05:12 PM MDT

Falls from senior citizens can make up to 60 percent of emergency calls in Salt Lake City. Since the Salt Lake City Fire Department launched a fall prevention initiative with other agencies, they've seen the number of emergency calls for falls go down.

Three years ago, the Salt Lake City Fire Department partnered with other fire departments, hospitals, insurance provides, state and county health departments to form the Utah Falls Prevention Coalition (UFPC). The coalition tracks and evaluates falls and risks to educate seniors about safety and fall prevention.

...continue reading "SLC Fire’s fall prevention efforts leads to fewer emergency calls for senior citizens: Good4Utah"

Here are six easy steps you can take today to help your older loved one reduce their risk of a fall:

1. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe.

Ask your older loved one if they’re concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize that falling is a risk, but they believe it won’t happen to them or they won’t get hurt—even if they’ve already fallen in the past. A good place to start is by sharing NCOA’s Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls. If they’re concerned about falling, dizziness, or balance, suggest that they discuss it with their health care provider who can assess their risk and suggest programs or services that could help.

2. Discuss their current health conditions.

...continue reading "6 Steps to Reducing Falls from the National Council on Aging"

Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries.

Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall:

...continue reading "5 Factors that can lead to a fall from the National Council on Aging"

Deaths from unintentional injuries are the seventh leading cause of death among older adults (1), and falls account for the largest percentage of those deaths.

As the population of persons aged 65+ years in the United States, increases, the rising number of deaths from falls in this age group can be addressed by screening for fall risk and intervening to address modifiable risk factors such as polypharmacy or gait, strength, and balance issues.

Approximately one in four U.S. residents aged 65+ years (older adults) report falling each year, and fall-related emergency department visits are estimated at approximately 3 million per year.

...continue reading "Deaths from Falls Among Persons Aged 65+ Years — Statistics from the CDC"

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.

...continue reading "Fall Prevention – Take Action from the Utah Commission on Aging"

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

...continue reading "THE POWER OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Exercise is Medicine from the American College of Sports Medicine"

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Program Benefits

Tai Chi for Arthritis/Health is a 1-hour class led by a trained instructor. Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health, and increase your ability to do things. It’s easy and fun to learn. Tai Chi consists of slow continuous whole-body movements, strung together in a form. Like dance, the movements are learned and follow one after the other. Anyone 65 and older is welcome to join!

Stepping On is an evidence-based fall prevention program that reduces falls among participants.

Program Benefits

Falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle changes and community partnerships, we can substantially reduce fall risks, keeping older adults living independently with a good quality of life. Stepping On addresses known risk factors and promotes behavior change. Professional guest experts include a pharmacist, optometrist, physical therapist, and community safety officer.

  • 31% reduction in falls among participants
  • Decreased fear of falling
  • Increased performance of safe behaviors