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Issue Brief: Preventing Older Adult Falls: A Vermont Learning Community Perspective

August 8, 2017

More than one in four older U.S. adults aged 65 and older fall each year, resulting in an annual direct medical cost of $31 billion for injuries related to falls.Older adult falls are also the leading cause of unintentional injuries among older adults in the nation.This is also true for the state of Vermont, which has high rates of both fatal and non-fatal injuries associated with falls among older adults. Falls are associated with numerous risk factors, many of which are modifiable through interventions.

This issue brief provides an overview of a falls prevention learning community in Vermont developed by ASTHO in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and the Vermont Public Health Institute. It features two counties that participated in the learning community, Bennington and Newport, and presents their demonstrated progress as a result of the program’s implementation. It also provides strategies that other states and territories can use to promote and implement interventions to reduce older adult falls.

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