University of Wisconsin–Madison

Spotlight: Community Based Falls Prevention Programs

Elderly man using a walker.

Community-Engaged Research | Jane Mahoney

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Jane Mahoney

Goal: As falls are a significant source of morbidity and mortality for older adults, there was a need for effective, community-based falls prevention programs for community-dwelling older adults.

ICTR Support: D&I Pilot award, CAP consultations

Outcome: An evidence-based program to prevent falls was implemented in 19 states across the country, reducing the risk of falls by 31% in over 7,000 elderly adults. This program is being adapted to address culturally diverse populations.

Mahoney JE. “Stepping on:” stepping over the chasm from research to practice. Frontiers in Public Health. 2014;2:148.