There are many treatments to decrease falls in the elderly that’ve been not helpful. Home-based and group exercise intervention programs help the most (for elderly living in their own home)! A second factor to reduce falls is “home safety interventions” when done by occupational therapists.
Treatments which have not been shown to help are
- walking programs,
- hormone replacement therapy, and
- adjustment of medication regimens,
- cognitive behavioral therapy,
- vision improvement interventions, and
- withdrawal of psychotropic drugs,
- vitamin D supplementation, and
- nutritional therapy.
The above information was collected by the 2012 Cochrane Database. These combined studies performed in 21 countries and included 79,193 patients. Other specifics include the fact that vitamin D supplementation only helped decrease falls they were vitamin D deficient.
The most successful exercise programs included more than one of the following techniques gait training, balance training, functional training, muscle strength/resistance training, tai chi, walking and 3-D training which is constant, repetitive movements through all three special planes.
If you (or a loved one) need help, please get it.