Guidelines for falls prevention – updated

Balancing

This is not in pubmed as of this morning, but the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the British Geriatric Society (BGS) published an update to the 2001 fall prevention guidelines online in JAGS. However, I did find both the press release as well as the AGS Clinical Practice Guideline “Prevention of Falls in Older Persons (2010).”

Recommendations include fall screening/ prevention, with new recommendations for examining feet/ footwear, fear of falling, and the person’s ability to perform ADL’s. Besides exercise, they now recommend considering Tai Chi and reducing the patients meds.

I hope to start a series of posts on balance and falls in the near future, so stay tuned.

[Addendum: I searched pubmed poorly, maybe due to lack of coffee – it is on Pubmed here]

Photo credit: Balancing, originally uploaded by Jim Purbrick

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One response to “Guidelines for falls prevention – updated

  1. Thanks for posting this! I sent the links out to all of our home health and hospice therapy staff today. Good info for sure!

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