Falls in the geriatric population present a significant preventable problem in the United States. Reducing the number of falls in the geriatric population is important not only for the quality of life for senior citizens but also for cost containment in the current healthcare system in the United States. One well-documented risk factor for falls is polypharmacy. Many seniors take multiple medications on a daily basis, including blood pressure medications. Nurse practitioners and other primary caregivers can help keep seniors safe by seeking methods to reduce fall risk factors. One such method is encouraging participation in balance-specific exercise programs. These programs not only have the potential to reduce falls by improving strength and balance, but also to reduce extrinsic fall risk factors such as medication usage.
|Commitee:||Arellano, Cleddhy, Tran, Jamie|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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