Are You Asking Older Adult Patients the Right Questions? — One in three older adults falls each
year, yet less than half tell their health care provider. A new CDC/Medscape video commentary with
CDC’s Dr. Grant Baldwin aims to help start this important conversation. A fall among an older
adult can lead to injuries that reduce mobility, limit social interactions, decrease physical
fitness, lower quality of life, and increase the risk of early death. Through STEADI, CDC is
working to educate patients and health care providers about how to help keep older adults safe from
falls, so they can stay healthy, active, and independent longer.
The video, part of CDC’s STEADI initiative (Stop Elderly Accidents, Death & Injuries), highlights
three questions that health care providers can integrate into routine office visits with patients
65 and older:
1. Have you fallen in the past year?
2. Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
3. Do you worry about falling?
Using the tools in CDC’s STEADI initiative, the video then guides health care providers on
screening, assessments, and proven interventions, such as:
• Reviewing medications to ensure appropriate geriatric doses and reducing fall
• Recommending Vitamin D supplements.
Related from NCPIE: Medication Use Safety
Training for Seniors
(MUST for Seniors).