Clinical and Community Strategies to Prevent Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

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Abstract

Falls in older adults are the result of several risk factors across biological and behavioral aspects of the person, along with environmental factors. Falls can trigger a downward spiral in activities of daily living, independence, and overall health outcomes. Clinicians who care for older adults should screen them annually for falls. A multifactorial comprehensive clinical fall assessment coupled with tailored interventions can result in a dramatic public health impact, while improving older adult quality of life. For community-dwelling older adults, effective fall prevention has the potential to reduce serious fall-related injuries, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, institutionalization, and functional decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Accident prevention
  • Accidental fall
  • Aged
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Injury
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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