Fall Prevention Among Older Adults Living in the Community

Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title

Increasing awareness of falls and fall hazards can improve health outcomes reducing falls and fall injuries. From a public health perspective, reducing falls translates into improved health-related quality of life and decreased health care spending. To ensure this increased awareness, separate fall prevention training seminars were developed for older adults living in the community (individual-level training seminar) and for their providers (provider-level training seminar) in a small and diverse county in Texas (Galveston). The seminars were developed using evidence-based fall prevention resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each type of training seminar included a presentation and review and dissemination of resources. Audience feedback in the evaluation forms revealed that the audience found the information to be beneficial, insightful and counter-intuitive given their misconceptions regarding falls. Each audience reported that they felt inspired and empowered to take definitive action for reducing their own/their clients’ fall risk.

older adult falls, fall prevention