Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults aged 65 years and older. And with more than 10,000 older Americans turning 65 each day we have to find new ways to approach this problem.
Falls aren’t an inevitable part of aging, there are many things we can do to modify our patient’s risks of falling. We’ll look at the benefits of an exercise and strength training program. I’ll review the need for a comprehensive fall assessment and we’ll even dip our toes into the Stages of Change Model and Motivational Interviewing pool to enhance our patient engagement skills. You might already have the best fall prevention program but if you can’t engage the patients to participate all that equipment just sits there gathering dust. My hope is that this module helps you to “think out of the box” with your fall prevention program.
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