Fall risk reduction is an important goal of any professional involved in the field of physical therapy, especially those working with a geriatric patient population. This site is devoted to educating health care professionals to better assess and reduce fall risk for various patient populations.
Why do we need to know this?
- 30-40% of all community dwelling adults age 65+ fall at least once/year
- 20% deaths >65 year old are fall-related
- >50 falls occur during ambulation
- Falls are the leading cause of death in long term care settings
- Estimated healthcare cost in 2020 for falls: $43.8 billion
- Between 12 – 67 % of elderly adults who fracture a hip die within one year
- For more information, see the CDC Journal Articles
To help those involved in therapeutic settings reach these goals, after reading and completing the activities on this site, clinicians will understand:
- How the Systems Theory of Balance impacts therapeutic interventions
- Common pathologies and conditions which can adversely affect balance
- The impact of commonly-prescribed medications on balance
- Clinicians will identify the systems involved in the Systems Theory of Balance
- Clinicians will match specific medical conditions to their potential impact on balance
- Students will identify common medications that affect balance and the medications’ impact on physical therapy interventions
Navigating the Site
- Each of the three main pages on this site (Systems Theory of Balance, Pathologies/Conditions, and Medications) includes content and links associated with the topics.
- To navigate through the content, you can access the pages by using the links or menu and then working through the information.
- After you have completed each page, you can work through the associated quiz questions.
- You can complete any or all of the pages, as they are designed in a modular fashion.
- If you have any questions, please contact Linda Bird, Content Developer.
CDC provides links to pertinent Journal articles.