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Zhao, Berridge, Mroz, and Colleagues Study the Role of Care Partners in Managing Fall Risk

Posted: 6/12/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliates Clara Berridge (Social Work) and Tracy Mroz (Rehabilitation Medicine) released an article with colleagues, led by Yuanjin Zhou (Social Welfare PhD ’21), now an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. The article is published in the The Gerontologist and titled “Care partners’ engagement in preventing falls for community-dwelling older people with dementia“. Little is known about how to prevent falls in community-dwelling older people with dementia. Although their care partners adopt various behaviors to prevent their falls, it is unclear if these behaviors reduce falls for those with different levels of fall risk.  This study uses data over time to examine how care partners’ fall risk management (FRM) behaviors are associated with fall risk. The different impacts of dementia care partners’ FRM behaviors emphasize the need to address specific behaviors when involving care partners in preventing falls for older people with dementia at varying levels of fall risk.