for the elderly long-term, as many of the risk factors are nonmodifiable or environmentally based, which may be constantly changing. However, exercise has been proven to be a factor that produces both short-term and now long-term fall-risk reduction, making this information vital to the aging population and all providing care to the elderly from the certified nurse’s aide, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, and even to the family member providing care to the loved one. The presentation that will be given in my clinic setting that is the medical home
for several elder patients will prove to be a direct benefit to staff, producing a ripple effect to the patient’s and families we serve.What are possible solutions?There are multiple risk factors that can render one vulnerable to a fall and a serious injury from a fall. Some of these risk factors include age, gender, race, and other comorbidities, all of which are nonmodifiable risk factors. However, there are many “modifiable risk factors, including lack of physical activity, and commonly, disturbances of gait and balance and loss of lower limb strength” (Finnegan et al., 2019, p. 187). In-fact, “appropriately designed exercise programs have been established as an effective stand-alone intervention for reducing risk and rate of falls in community-dwelling older people (Finnegan et al., 2019, p. 187). The benefits of exercise noted for both short-term and long-term fall-prevention in the elderly, in as little as two hours a week for as little as six months, makes this a viable solution to a prevalent problem.