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When must an older person who has been falling be evaluated and by whom?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine

In brief: After first fall

Falling is common and often multi-factorial.
Should be evaluated by primary doctor with referral as necessary. Common causes of falls in elderly include visual loss, vestibular loss, weakness, altered gait, pain, dementing illnesses, neurologic disease. There are a number of simple interventions. Senior centers can provide a lot of help. Falls are a leading cause of death.

In brief: After first fall

Falling is common and often multi-factorial.
Should be evaluated by primary doctor with referral as necessary. Common causes of falls in elderly include visual loss, vestibular loss, weakness, altered gait, pain, dementing illnesses, neurologic disease. There are a number of simple interventions. Senior centers can provide a lot of help. Falls are a leading cause of death.
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