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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Assessing and Intervening in Fall Risk in Older Adults

Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Assessing and Intervening in Fall Risk in Older Adults

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Jane Mohler, PhD, MSN, NP-c, Ruth Taylor-Piliae PhD RN FAHA
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
20368
Date Posted: 
08/02/2018
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
05/21/2018
Abstract: 

"Falls in Elders" is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites,  they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

Objectives:
1. List four common risk factors for falls by older adults
2. Perform a “Get Up-and-Go” test
3. Recommend three interventions designed to reduce the risk of falls
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as
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(2) no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication, 
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Content Categories: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Suggested Citation:
Jane Mohler, NP-C, MPH and PhD; Ruth Taylor-Piliae PhD RN FAHA. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Assessing and Intervening in Fall Risk in Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/20368