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STEADI - Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries

Make STEADI Part of Your Medical Practice

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling. STEADI's tools and educational materials will help you to:

  • Identify patients at low, moderate, and high risk for a fall;
  • Identify modifiable risk factors; and
  • Offer effective interventions.

Materials for Providers

providers iconTests, fact sheets, case studies, and additional resources

Videos for Providers

video iconHow to measure patients' functional ability

Materials for Patients

Public iconEducational materials and brochures

CDC Expert Commentary

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Are You Asking Older Adult Patients the Right Questions?

By asking three simple questions and taking action—when needed—you can reduce the risk of falling.
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New STEADI Older Adult Fall Prevention Online Training for Providers


  • Continuing Education available for this free interactive course.
  • Make fall prevention part of your clinical practice and learn to screen patients 65+ for falls, identify risk factors, and offer interventions.
  • Log in or create an account on CDC TRAIN, then search for "STEADI".


3 Questions to Ask Your Older Adult Patients

When you see patients 65 and older, make these three questions a routine part of your exam:

  1. Have you fallen in the past year?
  2. Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
  3. Do you worry about falling?

If your patient answers "yes" to any of these key screening questions, they are considered at increased risk of falling. Further assessment is recommended.

STEADI Interventions

STEADI Phase One includes 3 steps that you can complete in one visit:

  1. ASK patients if they’ve fallen in the past year, feel unsteady, or worry about falling.
  2. REVIEW medications and stop, switch, or reduce the dosage of drugs that increase fall risk.
  3. RECOMMEND vitamin D supplements of at least 800 IU/day with calcium.