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.


Courses and Toolkits


CDC Compendium of Effective Fall Interventions: What Works for Comunity-Dwelling Older Adults

Explore Toolkit


STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) Tool Kit for Health Care Providers

See CDC Online Course

Older Adult Falls Prevention Information and 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 Analyses & Policy One-Pagers

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 Older Adult Falls Prevention

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has funded current and past injury research projects focusing on the prevention of Older Adult Falls.

Core Faculty and Practitioners with Expertise in Older Adult 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
Jankens K
Kelli Jankens

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

Neil Alexander photo
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

James A. Ashton-Miller

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

Members with Interest/Expertise in Older Adult Falls Prevention

  • Abdellahi El Moustapha
  • Abdul-Fatawu Shaibu
    Guidance and counseling
  • Alex Rohrer, DSocSci
    Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania
  • Alexandra Yolanda Bravo Schroth, BS
    University of Piura
  • Allyson Berthiaume
  • Amanda Wyman
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Anna Reeve, MSW
    Metro Health Hospital
  • Bridget Fox
    St John of God Kerry Services
  • Britt Michel
    Michigan Medicine
  • Carla Knighton, AA
  • Cecil Edward Byrnes
    Marlette & Sanilac Ambulance Services / Marlette Fire Department
  • Chad Engelhardt
    Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • Chastity Flint, BSN, RN
    Driscoll Health Plan
  • Christian Lumaj
    University of Michigan
  • Christina Cameron, MSN
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Coco Rios Escobar, BA
    University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Damilola Abiodun, NVQ
    Bin omran
  • Daniel Griffith, MBA
    Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Daniel Gyaase, MPhil
    Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • David Baca, PhD
    Intercultural Conflict Resolutions, LLC
  • Diamond Buchanan
    Diamond Buchanan
  • Dipa Gurung Rai
    John Maxwell
  • Dixie Carter, BSN, CCM
    St. Luke's Hospital
  • 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
  • Elizabeth Lowery, MPH
    Virginia Department of Health
  • Erin Guy
    University of Michigan
  • Garry Garcia, PT
    Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility