Prevention of falls in older people living in the community

Edgar R. Vieira, Richard C. Palmer, Paulo H M Chaves

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The number of people living into older age (≥65 years) is rising rapidly. Older people are more likely to fall and this has adverse consequences for their quality of life and that of their families. Falls also pose a substantial financial burden on healthcare systems. Extensive research from systematic reviews and meta-analyses has established effective approaches for reducing falls among older people, although uncertainties and controversy remain. The evidence suggests that exercise based and tailored interventions are the most effective way to reduce falls and associated healthcare costs among older people in the community. This review integrates current knowledge on assessment and management strategies to prevent falls in older people living in the community. It summarizes known risk factors for falls in this population and presents assessment strategies that can be used to assess the risk of falls. It discusses the management of risks and interventions to reduce falls among older people in the community, as well as future directions and promising approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberi1419
JournalBMJ (Online)
StatePublished - Apr 28 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Vieira, E. R., Palmer, R. C., & Chaves, P. H. M. (2016). Prevention of falls in older people living in the community. BMJ (Online), 353, [i1419].