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This presentation will review and discuss the new knowledge generated from the collection and analysis of “real-life” falls (over 1000 falls in 350 individuals, captured on video in long-term care), on the cause and prevention of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. Specific objectives include:
1.To gain an improved understanding of the circumstances of falls in older adults. Topics include: causes of imbalance and activities associated with falls; balance recovery and safe landing strategies; role of mobility aids in falls; interactions between intrinsic, situational and environmental factors; and accuracy of fall incident reports.
2.To understand the factors that separate injurious and non—injurious falls, with specific focus on head impact, and hip fracture.
3.To identify new methods for preventing falls and fall-related injuries. Strategies to be discussed include: the role of upper limb strengthening in exercise programs; hip protectors and compliant flooring; fall risk assessment; and opportunities for data sharing.