Friday, January 30, 2015

New Study Finds Large Cost Savings for Fall Prevention Programs: Injury Center News

A new CDC study published in the Journal of Safety Research found that three evidence-based fall programs are proven to be feasible, effective, save costs, and provide a positive return on investment for society.

The analysis found that the cost of implementing the following community-based fall prevention programs is far less costly than the potential medical costs needed to care for someone injured from a fall:
  • Tai chi: Moving for Better Balance
  • Stepping On
  • The Otago Exercise Program

These research findings can help community organizations and policymakers identify and use programs that can save lives and costs.

CDC and Older Adult Fall Prevention

In our rapidly aging population, falls are a fast-growing and costly public health problem. CDC works to help keep older adults safe from falls by:
Supporting partners with online resources and technical assistance; and
Providing health care providers with information and screening tools to help identify older adults at risk of falling.

Read the Study

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Medical Minute: Seniors Often Keep Falls a Secret

From:  Newswise

Maintaining an independent lifestyle is so important for some people as they age that they keep it a secret that they've experienced a fall.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that millions of adults 65 and older suffer from falls each year. Fewer than half tell their physician.

According to Dr. Nicole Osevala, an internal medicine specialist at Penn State Hershey, these adults may be concerned that a fall signals they're not safe living on their own anymore.

"They're worried about other people becoming concerned about safety issues at home and the potential that they may have to move from their home to assisted living or a nursing home," she says.

Additionally, Osevala believes that older patients do not want others to worry about them.

"If they fall and don't have a serious injury, they don't want to bother their kids or loved ones," she says.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Upcoming instructor training
for an evidence-based program
 in older adult falls prevention. 

Tai Chi:Moving for Better Balance instructor training 
March 21-22, 2015 at Duncan Family YMCA
 6350 Eldridge St, Arvada, CO. 
Flyer with details about the training class.
Registration is now open for the class. Please contact Sallie Thoreson at 970-248-7161 or with any questions.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More older adults are reporting falls

From:  Yahoo News

Since the late 1990s, almost 30 percent more adults age 65 and older are likely to say they have had a recent fall, according to a new study.

The rise – from 28 percent of seniors reporting a fall in 1998, to 36 percent in 2010 – may be due in part to increased awareness of fall risks, but it is not just a result of the population aging, study authors say.

“Initially, I presumed our findings would just be due to the fact the older adult population itself is aging and there are more 80 and 90 year-olds, but when we looked at the data closely, it turned out there was increased self-reporting of falls across all ages,” said Dr. Christine Cigolle at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, who led the study.

“So we looked at individual ages - 65, 66, 67, etcetera, and there was an increase in reporting of falls across all ages from about 65 into the late 80s, and in fact it was somewhat more marked in the ‘young old’ versus the ‘oldest old,’” Cigolle told Reuters Health in an interview.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Preventing falls through STEADI, Tai Chi and Stepping On

This video, created by New York State Older Adult Fall Prevention Program, highlights their implementation of proven programs that save money and keep older adults safe, secure, and independent, by educating physicians to assess fall risk in older patients and refer them to proven programs to help them reduce their risk.   Today 170+ physicians across 17 practices within New York's United Health Services assess older adult patients for fall risk using the STEADI toolkit and refer them to proven community programs, such as Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance and Stepping On, to help them reduce their risk of falling and to lead a longer, healthier life.  

For more information using the STEADI toolkit in Colorado visit the Clinical Integration website

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The next Older Adult Falls Prevention Journal Club meeting is February 24, 2015 from 11 am to Noon. 
Please join us for a review of an article about balance improvements tested 12 weeks after an intervention. How well did older adults maintain those balance improvements? The results of this article can help us encourage older adults to stick with a program. A copy of the article and details on how to join the Journal Club are available on the Journal Club tab. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New evaluation forms available for Stepping On and Tai Chi classes

The new year brings new evaluation forms for Colorado Stepping On and Tai Chi classes. The forms, instructions and resources will be posted on the Tai Chi and Stepping On tabs. Watch the Forms Training video for information on how to submit the forms. Please destroy all old forms and use these forms in 2015:

Required forms:
Program Information Cover Sheet
Stepping On Participant Information Form
Tai Chi Participant Information Form
Stepping On Post Session Survey
Tai Chi Post Session Survey
Stepping On Attendance Log
Tai Chi Attendance Log

Optional/Instructional forms:
Introduction and Talking Points
TUG Leader Protocol
TUG Personal Record
Progress Report

Please contact Aerin LaCerte with any questions 303-808-9850.

Thank you for all that you do to prevent falls for older adults!