Falls and motor vehicle crashes are leading cause of injury death in adults age 65 and older. While common, these injuries can be prevented by addressing patient modifiable risk factors such as gait and balance disorders. This session will outline CDC’s efforts to promote healthy aging without injury and introduce the newly released awareness campaign Still Going Strong. We will also provide an overview of the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injury) fall prevention initiative and highlight the new resources available to healthcare providers such as physical therapists, including the CDC STEADI: Best Practices for Developing an Inpatient Program to Prevent Older Adult Falls after Discharge.
Dr. Yara Haddad is a geriatric pharmacist and epidemiologist on the Safety Promotion Team, Division of Injury Prevention, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her areas of concentration are geriatric care, older adult injury prevention, older adult healthy aging and safe mobility, and effects of medications and polypharmacy on older adult safety. She has over 11 years of clinical pharmacy experience and over 5 years of public health experience in injury prevention. She has worked in various sectors including community pharmacy, academia, private sector, and government. Dr. Haddad holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, a Master of Public of Health degree from the Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, and a board certification in geriatric pharmacy.