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Recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Findings

In 2018 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found sufficient evidence to recommend exercise interventions (supervised individual and group classes and physical therapy) to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults age 65 or older who are at increased risk for falls.

It also found evidence to recommend that clinicians selectively offer this population customized multifactorial interventions based on a comprehensive individualized fall risk assessment.

In its 2012 report the USPSTF found insufficient evidence for or against the use of the following interventions for preventing falls: medication discontinuation, protein supplementation, education or counseling, hip protectors, and home hazard modification.

Although vitamin D supplementation was recommended in the past to prevent falls, in 2018 the USPSTF concluded that vitamin D supplementation not only offers no benefit in preventing falls in older adults but actually may result in a higher risk at very high dosages.

As a result, the USPSTF now recommends against vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults age 65 or older.

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