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Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

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  • David A. Ganz, M.D., Ph.D.,
  • and Nancy K. Latham, P.T., Ph.D.

Patients should be asked annually about falls in the past year to identify those at high risk for future falls. The risk of falling can be reduced by exercise programs focused on balance and strength training and, among persons at high risk, by assessing a standard set of risk factors for falls and addressing modifiable ones.

Funding and Disclosures

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No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. government.

We thank Shalender Bhasin, Carolyn J. Crandall, Thomas M. Gill, David B. Reuben, and Paul G. Shekelle for comments on a previous version of the manuscript.

Author Affiliations

From the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center and the Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation, and Policy, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles all in Los Angeles (D.A.G.); and the Research Program in Mens Health: Aging and Metabolism, Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center for Function Promoting Therapies, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston (N.K.L.).

Address reprint requests to Dr. Ganz at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., 11G, Los Angeles, CA 90073, or at .

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