— Offered by College of Education and Health Professions and Eleanor Mann School of Nursing —
One in four adults aged 65 and older report falling each year (CDC, 2020), resulting in approximately 36 million falls in the United States in 2018. Florence et al. (2018) estimated US medical costs attributable to fatal and nonfatal falls in 2015 to be $US 49.5 billion.
Injuries from falls lead to the following:
- Fear of falling
- Sedentary behavior
- Impaired function
- Lower quality of life
This class explores fall prevention tools and strategies, including risk screening, assessment, and management, as well as successful interventions to prevent falls.
- Discuss the significance of falls in older adults.
- Identify risk factors (extrinsic and intrinsic) for falls in older community-dwelling adults.
- Conduct a fall focused assessment.
- Develop a treatment plan that minimizes the risk of future falls and morbidity from falls.
Departmental Chairperson, BA, MS, MSBA, PhD
Dr. Patton has a broad background in nursing and community health promotion with specific training in ethnographic and survey research. Her research includes fall prevention in community dwelling older adults. In her research, she has developed effective teaching strategies and measures of learning fall prevention screening and interventions relevant to the older adult population.
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas, is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.