|Public Health Grand Rounds presentation on preventing falls, traumatic brain injury in older adults|
As the U.S. population ages, the problem of older adult falls is expected to increase. Falls can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. On September 25, Public Health Grand Rounds presented a Webcast about innovative, evidence-based programs to prevent falls.
Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are telling.
The PHGR program, "Help Older Adults Live Better, Longer; Prevent Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury", featured a case study of two successful programs, "Stepping On" and "Sure Step" in Madison and Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Local physicians, physical therapists, program administrators, occupational therapists, patients and caregivers gave a multi-faceted look at the novel ways Wisconsin is addressing the prevention of falls and TBI. A nationally-recognized panel of experts discussed the specifics of the Wisconsin experience and how the 'lessons learned' from the case study and related examples can be applied in other settings to improve the health and well-being of our older citizens.
Public Health Grand Rounds is produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. You can view this program and others in the series at the Public Health Grand Rounds website.