Dec 15, 2012 Issue
Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: A 73-year-old woman comes to your office for routine follow-up for hypertension. She lives alone in an apartment and walks slowly, requiring the use of a cane. She is otherwise healthy and alert. Her most recent eye examination was three years ago.

Dec 1, 2011 Issue
Management of Falls in Older Persons: A Prescription for Prevention [Article]

Although falls are a common cause of injury in older persons, they are not just a normal part of the aging process. The American Geriatrics Society and British Geriatrics Society recommend that all adults older than 65 years be screened annually for a history of falls or balance impairment. An indiv...

Jul 1, 2010 Issue
AGS Releases Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons [Practice Guidelines]

Recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) guide physicians in screening older patients for risk of falling and preventing falls among those at increased risk.

Jul 1, 2010 Issue
Gait and Balance Disorders in Older Adults [Article]

Gait and balance disorders are a major cause of falls in older adults, and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and reduced level of function. They are usually multifactorial in origin and require a comprehensive assessment to determine targeted interventions.

Jul 1, 2005 Issue
Prevention of Falls in Older Patients [Article]

Falls are one of the most common geriatric syndromes threatening the independence of older persons. Between 30 and 40 percent of community-dwelling adults older than 65 years fall each year, and the rates are higher for nursing home residents. Falls are associated with increased morbidity, mortality...

Apr 15, 2003 Issue
Ambulatory Devices for Chronic Gait Disorders in the Elderly [Article]

Gait disorders in the elderly are common and in most cases cannot be treated medically or surgically. Therefore, treatment often relies on ambulatory devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers. Before selecting a device, the patient should be evaluated to define whether one or both upper extremiti...

Apr 1, 2000 Issue
Falls in the Elderly [Article]

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency departments in the United States and the primary etiology of accidental deaths in persons over the age of 65 years. The mortality rate for falls increases dramatically with age in both sexes and in all racial and ethnic groups, with f...

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