Fast Tests for Predicting Fall Risk in Older Adults
Falls are a problem. A big problem. According to the latest estimates, 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 will fall this year because of their age alone. The likelihood increases to 1 in 3 when that person turns 80. When we start to add in other risk factors like medications, use of a cane or walker, or just a fear of falling it becomes more likely than not that the older adult we care for will fall. Our list doesn’t even consider the top predictor of falls in the senior population: a previous fall. That’s right! A previous fall more than doubles the risk that our loved one will fall again.