Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention Falls are a substantial hazard to the health and independence of older adults in the United States. It is purported that one in every three older adults fall annually, generally resulting in devastating injuries. A number of factors have been identified that influence the risk of falling in the elderly ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2013
Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention
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  • Angela K. Smith
    AquaWorx Physical Therapy & Fitness, Logan, UT
  • Amy Porter
    Department of Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Financial Disclosure: Angela K. Smith is a Physical Therapist at AquaWorx Physical Therapy & Fitness. Amy Porter is an Audiologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Utah State University.
    Financial Disclosure: Angela K. Smith is a Physical Therapist at AquaWorx Physical Therapy & Fitness. Amy Porter is an Audiologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Utah State University.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Angela K. Smith has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Amy Porter has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Angela K. Smith has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Amy Porter has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Balance & Balance Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2013
Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, November 2013, Vol. 14, 4-10. doi:10.1044/phi14.1.4
SIG 8 Perspectives on Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance, November 2013, Vol. 14, 4-10. doi:10.1044/phi14.1.4

Falls are a substantial hazard to the health and independence of older adults in the United States. It is purported that one in every three older adults fall annually, generally resulting in devastating injuries. A number of factors have been identified that influence the risk of falling in the elderly population. It is believed that providing assessments to identify an individual’s risk factors ahead of time and addressing these factors, to reduce or eliminate the risk(s), will reduce the frequency and severity of falls. Identifying and addressing these risk factors is a multifaceted concept, which requires a collaborative solution. It is the purpose of this article to emphasize the audiologist’s unique position to take part in implementing a much needed fall risk assessment in the elderly, as well as to highlight components of an effective fall risk assessment and treatment protocol.

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