Older Adult Falls

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Preventing falls is an important piece of caring for an aging population. At the Penn Injury Science Center, our Scholars are working with cutting edge “smart home” solutions for aging, assessing the potential of wearable devices or digitally augmented residential settings to facilitate passive monitoring and support independence and quality of life for older adults. A critical component of this work is understanding and adapting solutions to privacy concerns and perceived intrusiveness that accompanies these types of technology.

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Toolkits

Remembering When – a toolkit for establishing a community-engaged network for falls prevention referall from the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa

Keep on Your Feet – a collection of resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the MyMobility Plan

Briefs

Older Adult Fall Prevention – an issue brief from the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Our Experts

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI

George Demiris, PhD, FACMI

PIK (Penn Integrates Knowledge) University Professor

Department of Biobehavioral and Health Sciences, School of Nursing & Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

 Therese Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN

Therese Richmond, PhD, RN, FAAN

Research Core Director

Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania

Andrea Schneider, MD, PhD

Andrea Schneider, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Department of Neurology, Division of Neurocritical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing

Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences

School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania

Elinore Kaufman, MD, MSHP

Elinore Kaufman, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery, Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine