Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
A recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the importance of not only assessing balance and strength, but also assessing numerous other systems that are easily overlooked as it relates to heightened fall risk (such as medication and urinary incontinence).
"Patients should be asked annually about falls in the past year to identify those at high risk for future falls. The risk of falling can be reduced by exercise programs focused on balance and strength training and, among persons at high risk, by assessing a standard set of risk factors for falls and addressing modifiable ones."
We HIGHLY encourage you to check out this article as it reinforces the importance of not only assessing for fall risk, but also assessing the important areas of risk!
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