Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are specific things that can be done to help prevent falls and keep older adults healthy, active and independent longer.
One such proven practice is CDC’s STEADI initiative, or Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries. STEADI is a tool kit that enables health care providers to identify patients at risk for falls, identify risk factors, and offer effective interventions. STEADI includes 3 steps that providers can complete in a single office visit with adults 65 and older:
1. ASK patients if they’ve fallen in the past year, feel unsteady, or worry about falling.
2. REVIEW medications and stop, switch, or reduce the dosage of drugs that increase fall risk.
3. RECOMMEND Vitamin D supplements of at least 800 IU/day with calcium.
Commentaries by CDC staff include:
- An introduction to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) efforts to prevent older adult falls
- CDC and YMCA: a promising partnership for delivering fall prevention programming
- Articles where CDC staff members are contributing authors include:
- Fall Prevention in Community Settings: Results from Implementing Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance in Three States
- Fall Prevention in Community Settings: Results from Implementing Stepping On in Three States
- Healthcare Providers’ Perceptions and Self-Reported Fall Prevention Practices: Findings from a Large New York Health System