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Presentation
Assessing Risks and Preventing Falls in Community-Dwelling Well Elders: A Role for Occupational Therapy
American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo (2005)
  • Ruth Ramsey, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
Abstract
Falls are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in individuals over age 60. Community dwelling well elders are at a high risk for falls leading to injury, institutionalization, and premature death. Over half of all falls in people over age 65 occur in the home, and one in three people age 65 or older living in the community falls at least once a year. Much research has been done on falls in institutionalized elders, however, few programs have been instituted in community settings with well elders. Occupational therapists can help assess and prevent falls in community dwelling individuals through advocacy, outreach, education, intervention, and consultation initiatives. These initiatives are consistent with the focus of occupational therapy on primary prevention, wellness and health promotion; and on community as the most meaningful context for occupation. At Dominican University of California, occupational therapy faculty and students have recently developed and implemented several community initiatives designed to help older people remain active and healthy in their communities.
Keywords
  • Healthy Aging,
  • Fall Prevention,
  • Older Adults
Disciplines
Publication Date
April, 2005
Location
Long Beach, CA
Citation Information
Ruth Ramsey. "Assessing Risks and Preventing Falls in Community-Dwelling Well Elders: A Role for Occupational Therapy" American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ruth_ramsey/36/