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  • Title: An Andragogic Approach to Fall-prevention Education for the Elderly in Community-based Settings
  • Author(s): L. Dee Ott
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Aging & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Aging and Society
  • Keywords: Community-dwelling Adults, Patient Education, Falls Education, Fall Prevention, Andragogy, Elderly
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2160-1909 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2160-1917 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2160-1909/CGP/v07i03/1-18
  • Citation: Ott, L. Dee. 2016. "An Andragogic Approach to Fall-prevention Education for the Elderly in Community-based Settings." The International Journal of Aging and Society 7 (3): 1-8. doi:10.18848/2160-1909/CGP/v07i03/1-18.
  • Extent: 8 pages

Abstract

Falls are an increasingly problematic challenge for an aging society. Falls are accidental and unforeseen occurrences. Given that the vast number of annual falls are sustained by elderly, community-dwelling individuals, identifying effective means for reducing them is imperative for this group and its caregivers. Patient education is essential in increasing fall-prevention awareness and reducing falls in community-dwelling individuals. Unfortunately, formal educational fall-prevention programs within private practices are limited. Multiple theoretical frameworks for fall-prevention education exist; however, a knowledge gap was identified in fall-prevention educational programs by applying andragogic principles to patients in the elderly population. Contributions of this paper include identifying the advantages of using andragogic principles of adult education as a theoretical framework in conjunction with health promotion as a foundation for future research in fall-prevention educational programs in community-based settings.