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

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Latest Publications on Older Adult Falls Prevention

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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.

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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

Members with Interest/Expertise in Falls Prevention

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