Falls and their related complications are a major threat to independent living and are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among adults over 65, particularly a high number of brain injuries. Falls are the number one cause of hospital admissions for injuries in older adults, and are responsible for increased use of medical services.
Each year, up to a third of adults over the age of 65 who live at home experience a fall, and almost two-thirds of older adults who suffer a fall within the past year will fall again. Older adults with chronic conditions are at higher risk of falls, making older adults dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid particularly vulnerable.
Falling is not an inevitable part of aging. This webinar will provide an overview of the importance of falls assessment and falls prevention for older adults and their caregivers and offer concrete interventions and strategies for providers to improve mobility and prevent falls.
By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the public health impact of falls and injuries in older adults
- Identify health-related factors and environmental factors that can lead to increased risk of falls or injury
- List interventions that may help to reduce falls among dually eligible older adults
- Describe how to leverage person-centered care plans to reduce the risk of falls