Areas of Focus
The U-M Injury Prevention Center has an increasing level of research focus and expertise in older adult falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults aged 65 or older. From funded exploratory studies to educational events, we are working to find ways to prevent older adult falls. Below you’ll find links to more information about our work in this area, as well as a listing of members doing work or interested in this area. We invite you to explore and join us as we move forward to advance research and prevention.
CDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions: What Works for Community-Dwelling Older Adults
This compendium of interventions is designed for public health practitioners and community-based organizations, to help them address the problem of falls among older adults. It describes 22 scientifically tested and proven interventions, and provides relevant details about these interventions for organizations who want to implement fall prevention programs.
STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit for Health Care Providers
CDC’s Injury Center created the STEADI Tool Kit for health care providers who see older adults in their practice who are at risk of falling or who may have fallen in the past. The STEADI Tool Kit gives health care providers the information and tools they need to assess and address their older patients’ fall risk.
Falls Prevention News & Events
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The Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Michigan…
Latest Publications on Older Adult Falls Prevention
Aviles J, Allin LJ, Alexander NB, Van Mullekom J, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. Comparison of treadmill trip-like training versus Tai Chi to improve reactive balance among independent older adult residents of senior housing: a pilot controlled trial. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz018. PMID: 30668636.
Falls Prevention Information & Tools
This document highlights an evidence-based falls prevention program (Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance®) designed for community-dwelling older adults and individuals with physical limitations.
This handout provides statistics on falls among older adults, a member profile on Dr. James A. Ashton-Miller, and state and national older adult fall prevention resources.
Legislative Issues & Policy Briefs
Funded Research Projects Focused on Falls Prevention
The U-M Injury Prevention Center has funded current and past injury research projects focusing on the prevention of older adult falls. Peruse the projects listed below.
Core Faculty and Practitioners with Expertise in Falls Prevention
Please click on a faculty/practitioner’s name to access their full profile with research interests and funded projects.
Rhetaugh Graves Dumas Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Older Adult Falls Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor, Office of Research, University of Michigan
Trauma Injury Prevention Manager, Trauma Services, MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland, MI
Members with Interest/Expertise in Falls Prevention
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Dominique Leibbrandt, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University
Dwana Bass BSN RN
Henry Ford Hospital
Garry Garcia, PT
Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility
James K. Richardson, M.D.
University of Michigan
Payam Mirshams Shahshahani
University of Michigan
Preeti Malani, MD, MSJ, MS
School of Medicine and Office of the President
Concordia University Ann Abror
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
Tomorrow Wilson, MS, PhD
University of Michigan Medical School