Older Adult and Falls

 

Suggested reading
Moncada LV. Management of Falls in Older Persons: A Prescription for Prevention. Am Fam Physician 2011; 84(11): 1267‐1276)
Diagrams and tables from Moncada article

 

Resources
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Senior Awareness and Fall Education (SAFE): Central Valley Coalition
http://safecentralvalley.webs.com/
"Your one stop resource...To reduce falls among older adults by raising awareness, establishing a network of services and advocating on their behalf."

 

Home Safety Checklist

 

Capacity in Older Adults
Handout: Aid to Capacity (ACE) Evaluation

 

Palliative Care and Pain Management
Resources

 

Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Resource List
Teaching Resource List
Prescribing Pocket Card

 

Links for various scales:

 

The Karnofsky Performance Scale Index http://www.hospicepatients.org/karnofsky.html
Allows patients to be classified as to their functional impairment. This can be used to compare effectiveness of different therapies and to assess the prognosis in individual patients

 

Palliative Prognostic Index (PPI)
http://www.eperc.mcw.edu/EPERC/FastFactsIndex/ff_124.htm
Relies on the assessment of performance status using the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS, oral intake, and the presence or absence of dyspnea, edema, and delirium

 

ECOG Performance Status
http://www.ecog.org/general/perf_stat.html
To assess how a patient's disease is progressing, assess how the disease affects the daily living abilities of the patient, and determine appropriate treatment and prognosis

 

FAST Scale
A functional scale designed to evaluate patients at the more moderate-severe stages of dementia
when the MMSE no longer can reflect changes in a meaningful clinical way
http://alzheimersworkshop.com/index.php?view=article&catid= 27%3Aalzheimers-disease&id=54%3Afast-scale&format=pdf&option=com_content&Itemid=79


 
     

 

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