Intrinsic Risks (natural – within): cause 55% of falls
Extrinsic Risks (environment): cause 40% of falls
Risk Factors and Causes of falls are multi-factorial: environmental hazards, changes
in medications, social setting, external demands (busy environment), balance and gait
impairments, muscle weakness, slowed central processing, peripheral sensory loss,
It is important to know your risk factors!!
Some are modifiable – know what you can do to decrease your risk