MacArthur Genius Award: Reducing Falls in the Elderly

For a 75-year-old with high blood pressure, the risk of death or serious disability resulting from a fall is just as high as the risk of death or serious disability caused by a stroke. But a generation ago, doctors thought of falling as an inevitable risk, not something they could do anything to prevent as part of caring for patients.

That’s how Mary Tinetti, a geriatrician at Yale med school, laid things out for us when we got her on the phone to chat about the MacArthur genius grant she just won.

via MacArthur Genius Award: Reducing Falls in the Elderly – Health Blog – WSJ.

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