Front of the School of Public Health

Breaking the Fall:
Community Injury Prevention
Strategies for Older Adults

Originally presented on November 15, 2012

Mary Gallant, PhD, MPH

Professor of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior, University at Albany

Jane E. Corrarino, PhD, RN
Suffolk County Department of Health Services

This broadcast includes experts in falls and injury prevention among older adults.  They provide information on the importance of falls as it relates to the overall health of older adults as well as a brief history of the work that has been done and advances that have been made in the last decade. In addition speakers will discuss their experiences participating in, reviewing, and overseeing falls prevention program, providing viewers with an overview of what works, and how it works.  Finally, recognizing that there is still a need for significant advancements in this area, presenters will make recommendations as to how everyone can take steps to help reduce the incidence of falls among older adults.

Program Objectives:
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the problem of falls among older adults, including extent of the problem, high-risk groups, and risk and protective factors
  • Identify effective fall-prevention strategies
  • Describe evidence-based fall prevention programs that can be implemented in community settings
  • Identify ways to develop and implement an effective community-based fall prevention strategy
  • Identify future planning considerations to reduce the incidence of falls among older adults