Preventing Falls Among the Elderly: A Webinar

Did you know that one out of three people ages 65 years and older suffers a fall each year, risking fractures, head injuries, and even death?  Falling is a very important problem for our aging society.  As a health care provider, you can help reduce your patients’ chances of falling and of suffering serious injuries.

What are some ways you can assess your patients’ falls risk factors?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a helpful tool kit, including these validated tests to help you with assessment:

  • The Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test – Use this test to assess a patient’s mobility
  • The 4-stage balance test – Use this test to assess a patient’s balance.
  • The 30-Second Chair Stand Test – Use this test to assess a patient’s leg strength and endurance
  • Measuring Orthostatic Blood Pressure – Use this tool to determine if a patient may have postural hypotension

The MMS, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is addressing this need by offering a lunchtime webinar on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 designed to help health care providers adopt an evidence-based resource for falls screening, risk assessment, and care management.  The tests mentioned above, as well as other resources in the CDC toolkit, will be addressed.

For more information on the webinar and to register, call 800-322-2303, x7306 or visit

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