Study of fall prevention program finds no benefits

Alan Wu

August 3, 2010

A recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine featured a report claiming that fall prevention programs for the elderly are not effective methods of preventing harmful injuries, according to

These results come from an experiment that lasted from April 2005 to July 2008 and which involved 217 senior citizens with no cognitive impairment but a pattern of falls that brought them to the emergency room or doctor.

The news source reports that the fall prevention program consisted of evaluation and intervention, but 51 percent of the study group fell at least once a year despite these protective measures. The conclusion was that the program did not reduce falls.

“New intervention programs and strategies… should be developed and tested,” the study authors wrote at the end of the experiment.

The Pocono Record claims that one out of three seniors fall at least once a year and half of them don’t fully recover from the injuries sustained. For this reason, every older adult should have way to contact someone for help.

A medical alarm can be a device that can greatly reduce the impact of these falls by providing seniors with a way to communicate with healthcare professionals or authorities in case an incident does occur.

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