Thursday, August 14, 2014

Many meds taken by seniors can raise risk of falls

From: Reuters

Half of the 20 most commonly prescribed medications taken by older adults may raise the risk of falls, according to new research.
Painkillers and antidepressants were most strongly tied to a greater likelihood of being injured in a fall, the study of 64,000 Swedes over age 65 found. Severe injuries were significantly more common with 11 out of the 20 medications studied.
“Medications that affect the central nervous system; hypnotics, sedatives, analgesics and antidepressants,” were of particular concern, said Jette Moller from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, the study’s senior author.
Some of the added risk may stem from the conditions the drugs are prescribed to treat, researchers note. But given the large and growing population of seniors, the study team says links between the drugs and fall injuries should be taken into account when doctors prescribe these popular medications.

Monday, August 4, 2014

NCOA webinar: Implementing Effective Falls Prevention Programs in Your Community: Reaching New Audiences

Thursday, August 21, 2014; 11:30 to 1:00 p.m

Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2014 is Sept. 23, and this year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow. Join us to discover how to use this national event to launch a more comprehensive approach to falls prevention programming in your community—and reach new audiences of older adults.


· What’s new in falls prevention programming and what’s working in communities nationwide
· How organizations are integrating falls prevention programming into their other offerings
· Tested strategies to recruit older adult participants, including those from hard-to-reach populations
· Exciting new initiatives that partner with emergency medical services, community health workers and others

Participants are guaranteed to come away with new insights and ideas!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rate of Nonfatal Fall Injuries Receiving Medical Attention,* by Age Group

The figure shows the rate of nonfatal fall injuries receiving medical attention, by age group, in the United States during 2012. In 2012, the U.S. rate of nonfatal fall injuries receiving medical attention was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Adults aged 18-44 years had the lowest rate of falls (22 per 1,000), and the rate for those aged ≥75 years was higher (121 per 1,000) than for all other age groups.
* Annualized rate per 1,000 population for fall injury episodes for which a health-care professional was contacted either in person or by telephone for advice or treatment.
Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized civilian population.
§ 95% confidence interval.
In 2012, the U.S. rate of nonfatal fall injuries receiving medical attention was 43 per 1,000 population. Rates increased with age for adults aged ≥18 years. Adults aged 18–44 years had the lowest rate of falls (22 per 1,000), and the rate for those aged ≥75 years was higher (121 per 1,000) than for all other age groups.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Falls research published in Preventive Medicine

Congratulations to Sallie Thoreson from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment!  The manuscript Church-based social marketing to motivate older adults to take balance classes for fall prevention was just published in Preventive Medicine. Check it out! It can be accessed for free until September 12, 2014.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Please join us for for next meeting of the

Older Adult Fall Prevention Journal Club.

July 30 from 11 - Noon

This is a reschedule of the July 23 Journal Club meeting.
Please call in to 712-432-0220 Pin: 2589.

The article is about an evaluation of N'Balance, a fall prevention program developed in Colorado. Chris Katzenmeyer of Consortium for Older Adult Wellness will facilitate the discussion. This will be a great opportunity to talk aobut how to chose an evidence-based fall preveniton program.  
You can find out more about the article on the Journal Club tab. 

 Our purpose for the Journal Club is to examine articles to see how the information might be applied to our work in older adult fall prevention and to increase our knowledge of evidence-based fall prevention practices.

The Journal Club meets monthly. Your are encouraged to attend any or all sessions.  We usually meet the 4th Wed of each month from 11am-Noon. 
For more details, click the Journal Club tab. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seniors willing to discuss driving abilities, yet conversations rarely happen

There are currently more than 23 million licensed drivers aged 70 and older, and with baby boomers beginning to reach 70 years of age, the number of seniors on the road will rise steadily over the next two decades.
A new survey released by Liberty Mutual Insurance finds that the majority of senior drivers are behind the wheel regularly, even with reported limited physical abilities. Though many seniors drive safely well into their later years, it’s likely that they will eventually have to face the difficult decision to stop driving. While the majority of senior drivers surveyed are open to conversations about limiting or stopping their driving, only 6 percent have spoken with someone about their driving abilities.
“These are difficult conversations but important to have early and often, because everyone ages differently,” says David Melton, driving safety expert with Liberty Mutual Insurance and managing director of global safety. “Too often, these discussions are avoided until warning signs appear or, worse, there is an accident. It’s a step we all need to take to ensure the safety of our loved ones and the community.”
The report reveals that despite declining physical abilities, many seniors still drive several times a week or even every day. In the past six months, the majority surveyed reported driving regularly despite slow reaction times, difficulty seeing or hearing, getting lost or feeling confused while driving.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Upcoming instructor trainings
for two evidence-based programs
 in older adult falls prevention. 

Tai Chi:Moving for Better Balance November 1-2, 2014 at Duncan Family YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St, Arvada, CO. 
Flyer with details about the training class.
Registration is now open for the class.
 Note, if you are a YMCA employee and want YMCA certification, you must register for the Moving for Better Balance instructor class on
 Please contact Sallie Thoreson at 970-248-7161 or with any questions.  

The next Stepping On Leader training will be September 11-12, 2014 at St Anthony Pre-hospital/Education Building, 34 Van Gordon, Suite 200, Lakewood, CO.
Registration  is now open for the class. Contact Vicky Cassabaum at St. Anthony to register 720-321-8973 or

Contact Sallie Thoreson, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at or 970-248-7161 if you are outside the Denver Metro area and would like assistance for travel and lodging costs.