Centre Régional "Equilibre et Prévention de la chute de la personne âgée"
Prof Hubert BLAINa
a Département de Gériatrie, CHU Montpellier
Falls represent a major cause of burden and death in older adults. Approximately 30% of people over the age of 65 fall each year and one third of them are repeated fallers. Falls are the most serious and frequent home accidents. They result in 9000 deaths per year in France. Falls represent around 15% of overall hospital admissions and have psychological consequences resulting in reduction of physical function and social interaction. Falling puts a strain on the family and is an independent predictor of admission to a nursing home. For these reasons, fall prevention is one of the main priorities of the Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) program launched by the European Commission European to enable EU citizens to lead healthy, active and independent lives while ageing. Falls are caused by numerous conditions including impaired vision, vestibular dysfunction, foot diseases, central and peripheral nervous system disorders, adverse drug effects, metabolic and hormonal disorders, sedentary behaviour, malnutrition, isolation, and by many other causes. A multidisciplinary approach of fall prevention is therefore optimal. The Languedoc-Roussillon Balance and Falls Prevention Centre has been set up in 2013 in the Montpellier university hospital to propose a multidisciplinary assessment for older people who have fallen or who have been screened as having a significant risk of falling by their general practitioner or through public awareness/information campaigns organized by the different municipalities around Montpellier. The Centre has been certified in 2014 by the European Commission as part of MacVia-LR EIP on AHA project.