Falls in Older Persons: Etiology and Interventions
The problem of falls in older persons is multifaceted. The medical implications of a fall sustained by an active 68-year-old man climbing a shaky ladder to repair a roof are very different from those of a fall sustained by a frail 84-year-old woman walking from her bed to the bathroom. The former individual is not functionally limited. He falls because of poor judgment and poor equipment. In the latter case, the environment is relatively safe for most individuals, and the fall usually signals that the individual suffers from compromised functional capacity, related to single or multiple impairments.
KeywordsEnvironmental Hazard Fall Prevention Unsteady Gait Toilet Seat Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency
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