Our vision is to create a Center of Excellence to ensure the independence, safety, and well-being of older persons through fall prevention.
Our mission is to provide medical treatment to prevent falls, create new knowledge, and develop sustainable programs for seniors and their families. We seek to better understand and identify causes of falls and develop effective interventions at individual, program and systems levels.
Statistics show that:
- More than 40% of people hospitalized from hip fractures do not return home and are not capable of living independently again
- 25% of those who have fallen pass away each year
- On average, 100 older adults die from fall-related injuries every day in the U.S.
Falls can result in hip fractures, head injuries or even death. In many cases, those who have experienced a fall have a hard time recovering and their overall health deteriorates.
Researchers have identified that the most effective fall prevention programs have many components. First a person needs to understand what may put them at risk for falling. Some risks can be reduced. Medical providers can help to identify risks and develop a plan. Specific physical activity can target reduce fall risk by increasing balance and mobility skills. Also changes to the home and community environment can reduce hazards and help support a person in completing daily activities. While this is not a comprehensive list of fall prevention strategies, it’s a good place to start!