Research Projects

Piloting an Early Intervention Fall Prevention Program for Community-dwelling Elderly with Dementia

Funded By: The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), NYU Langone Medical Center

Year Funded: 2013

Jane Bear-Lehman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

James Galvin, MD, MPH,  Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, Nutrition and Public Health, Director of Pearl I. Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment, Director of the Alzheimer Disease Assistance Center, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Victoria H. Raveis, PhD, Director of Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging and the Community and Research Professor, NYU College of Dentistry and Master of Public Health Program

Valery Lanyi, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, NYU Langone School of Medicine


Project Abstract

Among New York City’s elderly population, falls account for nearly half of all injury-related deaths and are the fourth leading cause of hospitalization. Prevention efforts significantly reduce the frequency and severity of falls, yet limited research and programming has been focused on elderly fall prevention, particularly with the high-risk subpopulation of persons with dementia. By adapting PROFET (Prevention Of Falls in the Elderly Trial), an evidence-based, multi-factorial fall prevention program, the aim is to expand the reach of fall prevention efforts to include at-risk and underserved elderly community residents with mild to moderate dementia. Implementing fall prevention outreach through trusted healthcare providers will engage at-risk elderly and enable earlier initiation of efforts, reducing fall risk and averting harmful, or even deadly, falls.