Attempts to prevent falls and injury: a prospective community study

Gerontologist. 1992 Aug;32(4):450-6. doi: 10.1093/geront/32.4.450.


At 16 senior centers, we studied the effectiveness of exercise and cognitive-behavioral programs, compared with a discussion control program, in reducing falls and injuries among 230 older adults. After 1 year of the programs, we observed no significant difference in time to first fall. Even though a relatively high percentage (38.6%) suffered at least one fall, only 7.8% of these community-residing elderly required medical attention. Secondary outcome measures such as strength, balance, fear of falling, and perceived health did not significantly change.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Cognition
  • Community Health Services
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Prospective Studies
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*