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Module 1: At Risk of Falling

Module 1 addresses:

1) The risk factors and common causes that are associated with falls
including age-related risk factors, cognitive loss, health problems and
environmental conditions;
2) What an assessment after a fall should include;
3) Strategies to compensate for physical impairment, cognitive loss and
4) Components of a prevention and management program, including

When People Fall: Prevention For Those at Risk

Written by:

Marie Boltz, MSN, CRNP, NHA
Gerontological Nursing Consultant

Reviewed and updated in summer 2012 by:

Ingrid Sidorov, MSN, RN

Brian H. Kim, MD

Carol A. Maritz, PT, EdD, GCS

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one of every three adults, age 65 and older, in the United States, falls each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people 65 years and older. The U.S. Public Health Services estimates that two-thirds of the deaths associated with a fall are preventable. This program is designed to assist facilities in their efforts to reduce the number of falls and injuries due to falls.

The teaching materials for this module include a PowerPoint presentation that contains notes for the speaker. These notes provide additional information so that the speaker can ellaborate on each concept presented within the PowerPoint. There is also a downloadable video below. Please make sure to download the video as the PowerPoint presentation makes mention of the video.

If you are using Firefox on a PC, right click on the video link and select, "Save link as...." If you are using Internet Explorer you will select, "Save Target As...."

If you are using a Mac, press the Control key and click on the video link and then select "Save link as...".

If you would like to create handouts from the PowerPoint file for your attendees and do not know how, please visit the following link:

How to Create Handouts for Attendees from PowerPoint

If you would like to create a printout of the slides that also contains the notes for the instructor, please visit the following link:

How to Create Notes Pages for Presenters in PowerPoint

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Teaching Materials

Generic module files:

How to Use This Module

Logistics Checklist

Module-specific files:

Module 1: Falls - Introduction

Module 1: Falls - Key Concepts

Module 1: Falls - Learning Objectives

Module 1: Falls - Instructor's PowerPoint Slides with Speaker's Notes

Module 1: Falls - Video

Module 1: Falls - Pre-Test and Answer Key

Module 1: Falls - Post-Test and Answer Key

Module 1: Falls - Participant Evaluation

Module 1: Falls - References List


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