Geriatric Care

Helpful Resources in Caring For Your Aging Patient

According to the Administration on Aging, the older population—persons 65 years or older— numbered 44.7 million in 2013 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.1% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2013. People 65+ represented 14.1% of the population in the year 2013 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040. New York’s total population is over 19 million individuals, and the State ranks fourth in the nation in the number of adults age 60 and over –3.7 million.

                                  

Ready, Steady, Balance: Falls Prevention Day Was September 22

The first day of fall is just around the corner, and with it brings the 9th Annual Falls Prevention day.

This year's theme, Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016, aims to unite professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members to play a part in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population. One-third of people 65 and older fall each year, and 20% of those falls cause a serious injury such as head trauma or a fracture. With proper precautions, these falls and accidents are preventable.

CDC Online STEADI Training:

To engage your older patients in interventions to reduce their fall risk, CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Initiative to help providers incorporate fall prevention into clinical practice. CDC created this training to give you the tools you need to make fall risk screening, risk factor assessment, and falls interventions part of your clinical practice.

The content is based on established clinical guidelines. You will learn:

  • Two easy screening methods to determine a patient’s fall risk
  • Three rapid standardized gait, strength and balance assessment tests
  • To apply the STEADI algorithm to determine a patient's fall risk level
  • To select appropriate evidence-based interventions based on risk level
  • You can take the CDC’s new STEADI Online Training for Providers at: www.cdc.gov/steadi. All you need to do is create a free account on CDC TRAIN, Log in, and search “STEADI”.

Resources for Patients:


New York State Office for the Aging: Community-Based Programs and Services Available to Compliment the Medical Care and Advice Physicians Provide to Older Adults

Did you know there are extensive community-based services available to older adults funded under the Older Americans Act? These programs and services are critical to an individual’s overall health, wellness and independence. The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) and its network can help to connect patients through referral to the important day-to-day social supports that will reinforce and compliment the medical care and advice you provide.

NYSOFA contracts with 59 county based area agencies on aging (AAA) who have partnerships with almost 1,200 service providers to provide the following services in every county in the state:

  • NY Connects Program (ADRC)  – provides county-specific, objective information and assistance in accessing long term services and supports, options counseling, benefits and application assistance
  • Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance (HIICAP) helps individuals understand their Medicare benefits, assistance selecting Part D plans, etc.
  • Personal Care Level I and II (non-Medicaid)
  • Case management
  • Respite
  • Ancillary services such as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and assistive devices
  • Social adult day services
  • Transportation to needed medical appointments, community services and activities
  • Employment services
  • Legal Services
  • Home modifications, repairs
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman
  • Home delivered meals (HDM)
  • Congregate meals
  • Nutrition counseling & education
  • Senior center programming
  • Health promotion and wellness
  • Evidence Based Interventions – Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs (CDSMEs), fall prevention, etc.
  • Volunteer opportunities

Contact your local County Office for the Aging today to learn more about the community programs and services available to assist your patients in better accessing services that will help to improve their health care outcomes and maintain independence for as long as possible. 

When you encounter an older adult and/or their caregiver, remember the aging network and the role they can play in helping your patients. Your referral to the Office for the Aging or NY Connects can make a big difference in their lives.

For more information, access the NYSOFA Resource Guide. You can also visit the ACP Practice Management webpage for a Geriatric Screening Tool and other helpful resources.


3.5.16: Materials Available to Assess and Address Fall Risk in Older Patients

Making Fall Prevention Part of Primary Care

Implementing CDC's STEADI Toolkit in a NYS County Health System (recorded webinar now available)

Falls among older New Yorkers (age 65 and over) are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits. To reduce falls, the CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries) Toolkit.  The STEADI Toolkit is a comprehensive resource designed to help healthcare providers incorporate fall risk assessment and proven interventions into clinical practice.

The Chapter is excited to offer this one hour CME accredited recorded webinar on "Implementing CDC's STEADI Toolkit in a NYS County Health System." Frank Floyd, MD, FACP, Associate Medical Director & STEADI Champion, United Health Services presented the webinar, which highlighted:

  • Information on the burden of falls in older adults in New York State
  • Resources in the CDC STEADI Toolkit
  • Challenges of incorporating fall prevention into clinical care
  • Tips for incorporating fall prevention into clinical care

Physicians who adopt STEADI can earn 20 ABIM/ABFM Maintenance of Certification credits.  These credits qualify for Category II AMA credits as well. 


CDC Online STEADI Training:

You can take the CDC’s new STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Online Training for Providers at: www.cdc.gov/steadi . All you need to do is create a free account on CDC TRAIN, Log in, and search “STEADI”.
The content is based on established clinical guidelines. You will learn:

  • Two easy screening methods to determine a patient’s fall risk
  • Three rapid standardized gait, strength and balance assessment tests
  • To apply the STEADI algorithm to determine a patient's fall risk level
  • To select appropriate evidence-based interventions based on risk level
  • To engage your older patients in interventions to reduce their fall risk

CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) Initiative to help providers incorporate fall prevention into clinical practice. CDC created this training to give you the tools you need to make fall risk screening, risk factor assessment, and falls interventions part of your clinical practice.

Patient/Caregiver Resources:

Please Note: Some resources are large files that may take a long time to download

Last Updated 11.21.18
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