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Effect of a Home-Based Exercise Program on Subsequent Falls Among Community-Dwelling High-Risk Older Adults After a Fall: A Randomized Clinical Trial

June 11, 2019

JAMA. 2019;321(21):2092–2100. Importance  Whether exercise reduces subsequent falls in high-risk older adults who have already experienced a fall is unknown. Objective  To assess the effect of a home-based exercise program as a fall prevention strategy in older adults who were referred to a fall prevention clinic after an index fall. Design, Setting, and Participants  A 12-month, single-blind, randomized clinical trial conducted from April 22, 2009, to June 5, 2018, among adults aged at least 70 years who had a fall within the past 12 months and were recruited from a fall prevention clinic. Interventions  Participants were randomized to receive usual care plus a home-based strength and balance retraining exercise program delivered by a physical therapist … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, Publication


Older and Wiser: Don’t up the odds when it comes to falling down

April 17, 2019

Originally published in North Shore News A friend of mine experienced a fall several months ago. Though she wasn’t hospitalized, the fall incapacitated her for several weeks. At the time of the fall, she was unaware of the dangers and repercussions of falling and how prevention efforts could perhaps have saved her from the experience. The Health Canada website states: “Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, the cause of 85 per cent of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations and that 50 per cent of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home while people are doing their usual daily activities.” About one-third of people aged 65 years and over … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention


Fall prevention key to avoiding injury

December 6, 2018

Originally published by Baylor College of Medicine In sports it’s said that the best offense is a good defense, and that can be true for falls too – the best way to prevent an injury is to avoid the fall altogether. Two orthopedic surgeons in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine who specialize in trauma discuss common injuries that can occur when people fall and offer prevention tips. “Really what you think of with falls is hip fractures, but that’s just a small part of it,” said Dr. John Dawson, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor and chief of orthopedic surgery at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, News


Falls sending more Canadians to hospital, report shows

July 5, 2018

Originally published in the Globe and Mail A raised bit of concrete on a sidewalk. An icy patch on the road. A misstep on the stairs at home. All of these can lead to accidental falls — landing a person not only on the ground, but often also in hospital. Unintentional falls are the most common form of injury across the country: every day last year, falls resulted in almost 1,800 reported emergency department visits and 417 hospital admissions, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In 2016-17, nearly 654,000 — or about one-third — of the more than two million injury-related emergency department visits were … Read more

Category: Adding Quality to Later Life Years, Falls Prevention, News