Areas of Focus

Older Adult Falls

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


Injury Prevention Center 2020 Virtual Inaugural Research Symposium

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center has organized an unique event for researchers, post-doctoral…


Michigan Trauma Coalition 2018 Injury Prevention Symposium

This event occurred in the past. Registration $50 on or before September 28th $60 after…


Preventing Injury: From Research to Practice to People

The Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Michigan…



2020 Inaugural Research Symposium Draws nearly 500 Virtual Attendees

2020 Inaugural Research Symposium Draws nearly 500 Virtual Attendees View Recordings Here On November 20,…


Register for U-M Injury Courses Winter 2021 Term

Register for U-M Injury Courses Winter 2021 Term MORE INFORMATION Interested in pursuing a career/vocation…


Seeking Applicants and Placements for 2021 IPC Summer Internships

Seeking Applicants and Placements for 2021 IPC Summer Internships MORE INFORMATION The University of Michigan…


Falls Prevention Information & Tools

Prevention Resources

Summary of an Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Program–Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® 

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.

A Summary of Older Adult Falls Prevention Information and Resources

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

 Cost of Fatal Injuries in Michigan

This document describes the cost of fatal injuries in Michigan and the implications for public health practice.


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.

Neil Alexander, MD, MS
Older Adult Falls Content Lead
Ashton Miller
James A. Ashton-Miller

Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor, Office of Research, University of Michigan

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Neil Alexander

Older Adult Falls Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

Marita Titler

Rhetaugh Graves Dumas Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

Donovan Maust

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

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Kelli Jankens

Trauma Injury Prevention Manager, Trauma Services, MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland, MI

Members with Interest/Expertise in Falls Prevention

  • Allyson Berthiaume
  • Amanda Wyman
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Britt Michel
    Michigan Medicine
  • Christian Lumaj
    University of Michigan
  • Dominique Leibbrandt, PhD
    Stellenbosch University
  • Douglas Martini
    Oregon Health and Science University
  • Dr. Alex Joseph
    SRM School of Public Health, SRM Institute of Science and Technolog,y Kattankulathur, India
  • Dwana Bass BSN RN
    Henry Ford Hospital
  • Erin Guy
    University of Michigan
  • Garry Garcia, PT
    Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility
  • Ina Robinson, MPH
    Safe States Alliance
  • James Borelli, MS, PhD
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • James K. Richardson, M.D.
    Michigan Medicine
  • Janet Werst
  • Lisa Orrison
    University of Michigan
  • Maureen Nwakuna
    Madonna University
  • Nicholas Dolnicek
    University of Michigan
  • Omar Koroma
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Paige Andrews
    Wisconsin Department of Public Health
  • Payam Mirshams Shahshahani
    University of Michigan
  • Preeti Malani, MD, MSJ, MS
    School of Medicine and Office of the President
  • Renee McCabe, BSN, RN
    Augusta University Health/Children's Hospital of Georgia
  • Russell Faust, MD, PhD, FAAP
    Oakland County Health Division
  • Sara Soloman, MPH, RD
    Penn Injury Science Center
  • Sarah Sherman, PhD
  • Shelbea James
    Concordia University Ann Abror
  • Stephanie Booza
    Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
  • Tomorrow Wilson, MS, PhD
    University of Michigan Medical School