Falls are the leading cause of injury and death due to injury among the older adult population in the United States. Of those who fall, 24% will sustain serious injuries and 6% will experience fractures. In addition to injury, older adults who fall may experience decreased functional ability, loss of independence, a poorer quality of life, or premature mortality. At a global level, these statistics are similar among developed countries. It is important to first identify the intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors that contribute to falls and then intervene appropriately once the level of fall risk has been identified. It is important to understand that there is no one size suits all fall risk reduction program and that the type of program will vary as a function of the level of risk. Core components of successful fall risk reduction programs include exercise, environmental modifications, and behavior change techniques aimed at fostering long-term adherence to engaging in fall risk reducing behaviors. The purpose of this presentation will be to describe appropriate methods for identifying fall risk, and intervention strategies that have been shown to significantly reduce fall risk and/or fall incidence rates across the continuum of fall risk.
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