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Jan142011

Geriatric Care Panel Suggests New Fall Prevention Guidelines

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society recommended new prevention guidelines for elderly falls, stating that fall screening should be a part of all health care practices for older adults. 
 
A summary of the new guidelines was published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and were compiled by a panel of specialists in fall prevention for the elderly after a series of randomized trials and extensive literature reviews and analyses.

The panel recommended that doctors and healthcare professionals try to determine whether older patients are at risks for falls by asking questions relating to fall frequency or unsteady walking.

"Falls are one of the most common health problems experienced by older adults and are a common cause of losing functional independence," said Dr. Mary Tinetti of Yale University School of Medicine and a panel chair.

The new guidelines focus on interventions including raising low blood pressure and managing heart rate and rhythm abnormalities, medication reduction, exercise or balance and gait strengthening and home and daily activity moderation.

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