120119 - Falls and balance in the older adult
- : Online
An educational event recorded for online viewing, to provide an update for GPs in the identification of modifiable risk factors and effective strategies for falls prevention in older people.Relevance to General Practice
Falls in older people are a major concern in terms of disability, institutionalisation, mortality and socioeconomic burden. In older adults, up to 30% of falls can result in moderate to severe injuries, such as lacerations, hip fractures and head trauma, resulting in an increased risk of early death. A fall may lead to a fear of falling, avoidance of daily activities, social isolation, lowered quality of life and can precipitate a move to residential aged care.
The cornerstone of effective falls prevention is identifying modifiable risk factors and intervening with effective strategies. General practitioners may identify patients who will benefit from fall prevention measures, develop and implement treatment plans with other health professionals and support patient uptake of recommendations.