Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Falls Prevention in Older Adults

The AAFP recommends exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D supplementation in community-dwelling adults aged 65 years or older who are at increased risk for falls." See Clinical Considerations for information on risk assessment. (2012)

(Grade: B recommendation.)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm
Clinical Consideration: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsfalls.htm (www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

The AAFP does not recommend automatically performing an in-depth multifactorial risk assessment in conjunction with comprehensive management of identified risks to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults aged 65 years or older because the likelihood of benefit is small. In determining whether this service is appropriate in individual cases, patients and clinicians should consider the balance of benefits and harms on the basis of the circumstances of prior falls, co-morbid medical conditions, and patient values. (2012)

(Grade: C recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Consideration: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsfalls.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)