Nutrition risk, not rurality, associated with falls among community-dwelling older adults

A study published in Innovation in Aging assessed nutritional status and rural residence as predictors of fall risk among community-dwelling older adults. Using health assessment data collected by a community organization for Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont, the authors found that high nutrition risk was associated with 50 percent greater odds of future falls. In contrast, rural residence was not significantly associated with a higher risk of future falls. These findings suggest that initiatives serving community-dwelling older adults may benefit from including nutrition evaluations in fall risk assessments. #rural

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