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Fall-Risk Assessment and Intervention to Reduce Fall-related Injuries and Hospitalization among Older Adults

      Abstract

      Falls have become a leading cause of injury and death among older adults. This pilot study assessed fall risk and carried out a physical activity intervention among 23 adults aged 65 and older during their annual wellness visits to reduce fall-related injuries and hospitalizations. The results showed a reduction of fall-related injuries by 11.8% after the 12-week intervention. The fall-risk level in patients with moderate-to-high fall risk, decreased by 12.9%. The mean time spent on physical activity was 67 minutes per day. All fall-related injuries occurred with women. The three main risk factors were found to be neuropathy, medication, and balance.

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      Biography

      Pittawat Narktawan Emerson, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, ANP-C, GNP-C is an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner at a wellness clinic for seniors in Bermuda Dunes, California and can be contacted at [email protected]