Publications and Resources

Willingness to Change Medications Linked to Increased Fall Risk

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) found that most older adults were unaware of potential fall risks associated with medications prescribed to address pain, difficulty sleeping, mood or sadness, or anxiety or nervousness. However, most were willing to change their medication if recommended by a healthcare provider.

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Falls among older adults are not inevitable—they’re preventable. The Baltimore City Health Department is using data to identify communities in need, and working with partners to bring effective fall prevention strategies to those neighborhoods.

Geriatric Emergency Departments have undergone a new standard for improved care, thanks to recently-created guidelines and criteria. Injuries that were once treated are now prevented. Learn how St. Joseph’s Health prevents falls among older adults.

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By asking three simple questions and taking action—when needed—you can reduce the risk of falling.

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Older Adult Falls: A Growing Burden. STEADI: Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries. 2014: 46M total older adults, 7M injuries, 29M falls. 2030: 74M total older adults, 12M injuries, 49M falls