Determine a Senior’s Risk of Falling

Get Your Fall Risk Cheat Sheet

Is your loved one at risk of falling? 1 in 4 seniors experience a fall each year, and many of these falls lead to serious injury. While many falls can be prevented, some seniors will remain at a high risk of falling due to a number of factors — even if your family takes preventative measures.

Determine a senior’s risk of falling with this quick cheat sheet. Review the fall risk factors that an aging loved one experiences, then learn more about why each factor can contribute to a fall. By understanding these factors for fall risk, you can be more proactive in fall prevention practices.

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“The main purpose of a falls risk assessment tool is not to predict falls, but to identify presence of contributory factors to the individual’s falls risk, which can then form the basis of… falls prevention intervention.” – Keith Hill, La Trobe University and Northern Health

Fall risk factors we discuss include:

  • Overall health & lifestyle factors

  • Chronic conditions

  •  Mental cognition

  • Medications

  • Balance & gait

  • Home hazards

 

Get Your Cheat Sheet

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"Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging… The number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced."

– National Council on Aging

"The risk factors responsible for a fall can be intrinsic (i.e., age-related physiologic changes, diseases and medications) or extrinsic (i.e., environmental hazards). It is essential to remember that a single fall may have multiple causes"

– George F. Fuller
White House Medical Clinic

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