Fall Risks Of The Older Adult Client And Nursing Interventions

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Fall Risks in the Older Adult Client and Nursing Interventions to Prevent Them Debra A. Arnold Oakland Community College Fall Risks in the Older Adult Client and Nursing Interventions to Prevent Them Many people believe that falling is a normal part of the aging process and that if a person lives long enough they will eventually suffer a fall. It is true that some of the physiological changes that occur in every older adult as a normal part of the aging process do increase an older adult’s risk of falling. However, a fall does not need to be the end result in each of these situations. There are certain activities and strategies that can be undertaken by the nurse in health care settings in order to lower the risk of these falls occurring. It is especially important for nurses in health care facilities to assess older clients for their fall risks and then to plan and implement strategies and activities that will lower those risks. There are many different physiological changes that happen to all older people. They are normal and natural changes that every person will go through sooner or later as a result of the aging process. Many of those changes increase the risk of falling in the older adult. One normal change of aging that increases the risk of falling in older adults is changes in the musculoskeletal system. Many things happen with this system that work together to cause impairment leading to an increase in the risk of
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