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
SAVE the DATE: Safety 2022 – 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion: Postponed to November 27-30, 2022
Injury prevention and safety promotion is a maturing area. It involves many disciplines and interest…
Mark your calendar for March 30-April 1 2022 – the SAVIR Conference will take place…
2nd Annual Virtual Injury Prevention Center Research Symposium: Using Technology to Advance Injury Prevention Surveillance, Interventions, and Training
The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center has organized a unique event for researchers, post-doctoral…
Session Recordings Now Available for the U-M Injury Prevention Center 2nd Annual Virtual Research Symposium
Session Recordings Now Available for the U-M Injury Prevention Center 2nd Annual Virtual Research Symposium Videos…
New Technical Package ANALYZING THE USE OF SHARED RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTOR LANGUAGE IN MICHIGAN’S INJURY PREVENTION LEGISLATION
New Technical Package ANALYZING THE USE OF SHARED RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTOR LANGUAGE IN MICHIGAN’S…
This month’s highlights include our fall 2021 Virtual Research Symposium; the U-M IPC Exploratory Project…
Latest Publications on Older Adult Falls Prevention
Seppala LJ, Kamkar N, Ryg J, Masud T, Daams J, Montero-Odasso MM, Hartikainen S, Petrovic M, van der Velde N; Task Force on Global Guidelines for Falls in Older Adults. Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the effectiveness of deprescribing in falls prevention in older people. BMJ Open. 2021;11(11):e047190. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047190. PMID: 34732476.
Hauth J, Jabri S, Kamran F, Feleke EW, Nigusie K, Ojeda LV, Handelzalts S, Nyquist L, Alexander NB, Huan X, Wiens J, Sienko KH. Automated loss-of-balance event identification in older adults at risk of falls during real-world walking using wearable inertial measurement units. Sensors (Basel). 2021;21(14):4661. doi: 10.3390/s21144661.PMID: 34300399.
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.
Older Adult Falls Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Trauma Injury Prevention Manager, Trauma Services, MidMichigan Medical Center, Midland, MI
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor, Office of Research, University of Michigan
Rhetaugh Graves Dumas Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Members with Interest/Expertise in Falls Prevention
Abdellahi El Moustapha
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, MAURITANIA.
Guidance and counseling
Alexandra Yolanda Bravo Schroth, BS
University of Piura
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Anna Reeve, MSW
Metro Health Hospital
St John of God Kerry Services
Carla Knighton, AA
KEEPING IT SANE SUPPORT CIRCLE (k.i.s.s.c.)
Chastity Flint, BSN, RN
Driscoll Health Plan
University of Michigan
Daniel Griffith, MBA
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Daniel Gyaase, MPhil
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
David Baca, PhD
Intercultural Conflict Resolutions, LLC
Dipa Gurung Rai
Dominique Leibbrandt, PhD
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
Elizabeth Lowery, MPH
Virginia Department of Health
University of Michigan
Garry Garcia, PT
Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility
Hersendeep Chhokar, MA
Royal Roads University
Hoang-Khang Tran, MD
Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in HCMC, Vietnam
Hope Winograd, DVM
Ina Robinson, MPH
Safe States Alliance
James Borelli, MS, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
James K. Richardson, M.D.