Aging bones: Osteoporosis and injurious falls in the oldest women

Jennifer D. Heffernan, Barbara J. Messinger-Rapport

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The risk of injurious falls increases with age. In women younger than 75 yr, much of the attention toward reducing the risk of injurious falls is appropriately directed at identifying and treating osteoporosis. In the oldest women, however, particularly those over 75 to 80 yr of age, strategies must be multifaceted. The prevalence of medical conditions and geriatric syndromes increases with age. Effective interventions to reduce the risk of injurious falls include optimizing medical conditions, assessing geriatric syndromes, addressing pain, improving balance, and reducing polypharmacy. In this article we offer an evidence-based approach to identifying and treating fall risks in the oldest women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2005


  • Aged
  • Falls
  • Geriatric syndromes
  • Multifactorial assessment
  • Osteoporosis


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