In order to learn more about the awareness, attitudes and beliefs of NH residents age 60 and older around falls risk and falls prevention programs, the Foundation for Healthy Communities conducted a survey of older adults in partnership with the NH Falls Risk Reduction Task Force. In its latest issue brief, Awareness, Attitudes & Beliefs around Falls Risk and Falls Prevention Programs, key findings indicate that as the rate of falls and their detrimental impact among older adults continue to rise, understanding ways to reach those who are at risk becomes increasingly important. The 369 responses collected largely from NH senior centers reaffirmed the importance of conversations people have with their health care provider about their fall risk and things they can do to reduce their risk.
In addition, key findings also indicated that these conversations are not happening often enough. Referrals to evidence based community fall prevention programs like A Matter of Balance and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance offered by partners of the Foundation for Healthy Communities can make a difference.