Medication Reviews Aid Elderly Fall Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control, one older adult dies from a fall-related injury every 35 minutes. That’s just about all the statistical evidence anyone should need to take elderly fall prevention seriously. And yet, according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants…

Despite the consequences of falls and their preventability, fall risk assessment remains largely ignored by health care providers. A 2003 survey of older US adults indicated that only 37% of them were asked about falls during routine office visits.

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Medication reviews during regular doctor visits can help your doctor assess and modify prescriptions that may increase your risk for falling. Has your doctor reviewed your meds to assess side effects that may cause you to fall? If not, ask!

You can see the JAAPA article about the importance of medication reviews here. And while you’re at it, print out a copy for your doc, too.