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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fall Prevention
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Fall Prevention

The subject of fall prevention for the older adult is not a new one. Numerous programs, studies, and classes focus on this very important issue. Falls among older adults lead to injuries, lowered quality of life, decreased freedom, and even death (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2016b). From 2000-2013, the fall injury rate among adults aged 65 and over almost doubled from 29.6 per 100,000 to 56.7 per 100,000 (Kramarow, Chen, Hedegaard, & Warner, 2015). During that same span of time, more than one-half (55%) of all unintentional injury deaths among older adults aged 65 and over were due to falls (Kramarow et al., 2015). The same authors quote another study saying that some of the increase might be due to improved reporting of falls. In 2012-2013, the fall rate among adults aged 85 and over was four times higher than people aged 75-84 years old (Kramarow et al., 2015). Fall prevention has become so important that it even has a day named after it (CDC, 2016a). In 2007, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) decided to raise awareness by declaring a Falls Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of fall. They started with four states and have now covered most of the United States of America (NCOA, n.d.). The aim of this course is to blend the classical fall prevention teachings you have learned in the past with new research. You will hear some familiar concepts because they are important, but you will also walk away with a few new tools in your toolbox based on current research and standards. In this evidence-based healthcare culture, you will have sound findings to support your treatment and programs.

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