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doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31821b1984

Reducing the Risk of Falls Among Older Adults: The Fallproof Balance and Mobility Program

Rose, Debra J. PhD

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Fall-related deaths among the older adult segment of the population constitute a growing public health concern that is largely preventable. A growing body of research has identified a number of effective intervention strategies that can lower the incidence of falls and/or risk factors that contribute to heightened fall risk. One particularly effective intervention strategy that has been identified is exercise, whether individually prescribed or conducted in group-based settings. The Fallproof Balance and Mobility Program was developed in response to the need for effective community-based programs that target the important intrinsic risk factors (e.g., impaired balance and gait, muscle weakness) associated with increased fall risk. This theory-driven program adopts a multidimensional approach to balance and mobility that has proven to be effective in reducing fall risk among older adults identified as moderate-to-high risk for falls. The fidelity of the program also has been maintained by implementing an instructor certification program and standardizing program content and delivery.

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