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

Rose, Debra J. PhD

Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31821b1984
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Abstract

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.

Author Information

Center for Successful Aging, California State University, Fullerton, 800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA

Address for correspondence: Debra J. Rose, PhD, Center for Successful Aging, California State University, Fullerton, 800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834 (E-mail: drose@fullerton.edu).

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