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Update on falls prevention for community-dwelling older adults: Review of single and multifactorial intervention programs

Ellen Costello, PT, PhD; Joan E. Edelstein, MA, PT, FISPO, CPed

The number of falls and associated injuries continues to rise along with the growing aging population. A variety of fall prevention programs for older individuals has been established to address this health problem. These prevention programs can vary greatly. Some offer a comprehensive health and fall risk assessment, with a combination of exercise, education, medication management, vision, and home hazard assessment. Other programs offer only one intervention. This article presents a review of recent research on fall prevention programs for the older person living at home. Guidelines are offered regarding health screening, effective exercise approaches, and home hazard assessment.

Volume 45 Number 8, 2008
   Pages 1135 — 1152


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