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Approaching Geriatric Patients: The Frequent Fallers

Author(s): Dr Nabil Aly | Dr Inte H Malik

Journal: Scottish Universities Medical Journal
ISSN 2049-8454

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 20;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Falls |  risk |  prevention and intervention

Falls and fall related injuries are common medical problems experienced by older adults. Most falls have multiple causes resulting from a complex interplay of predisposing and precipitating factors in a person’s environment. Recurrent falls, defined as more than two falls in a six-month period, should be evaluated for treatable causes using effective fall prevention strategies. The frequency of falling is related to the accumulated effect of multiple disorders superimposed on age-related changes. Multi-factorial interventions targeting identified risk factors, exercises for muscle strengthening combined with balance training, and withdrawal of psychotropic medication are among the most effective fall prevention strategies.
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