Subject Matter: New Fall Risk Guidelines
On January 13, 2011, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the British Geriatric Society
(BGS) published a summary of recommendations in the online version of the Journal of the
American Geriatrics Society updating their 2001 guidelines on preventing falls in the elderly.
Under the new guidelines all healthcare practitioners dealing with older adults should perform
fall screening and prevention analysis. New assessments involving foot condition, balance, foot
wear, fear of falling, and the ability to carry out activities of daily living _ADLs) are
recommended. The groups recommend all interventions for fall prevention include an exercise
component, with additional interventions to be considered including reducing medications.
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Document Date: January 1, 1970
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