Every year, many people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) fall, often repeatedly. Often, the individuals fall is ascribed solely to AD. As a result, to guard against further falls, health providers will restrict the AD persons mobility, which can actually increase fall risk (due to loss of leg strength, balance, coordination, etc.). The purpose of Alzheimer’s Disease and Falling: What’s the Connection is to make health providers in the community and institutional settings aware of why people with AD fall, and how to prevent falls in this vulnerable population. While the information may not always be applicable to the participant’s clinical setting, my hope is that enough information can be gleaned, which will enable participants to avoid falls in their AD populations.
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Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
Chapter 1: The Connection Between AD and Falling
Rein Tideiksaar, PhD, PA-C, or Dr. Rein as he is commonly referred to, is the president of Fall Prevent, LLC, Blackwood, New Jersey, a consulting company that provides educational, legal, and marketing services related to fall prevention in the elderly.
Dr. Tideiksaar is a gerontologist, which is a health care professional who specializes in working with elderly patients, and a geriatric physician's assistant. He has been active in the area of fall prevention for over thirty years.