Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

August 3, 2016

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One out of every three adults aged 65 years or older in the general population falls at least once each year. For adults with intellectual disability (ID), the prevalence of falls is even higher with studies estimating a fall rate ranging from between 29% to 70%. Falls are a major cause of serious injury and hospitalization, and an important public health concern. Using baseline data from the Longitudinal Health and Intellectual Disability Study, we examined the prevalence of falls and potential risk factors for falls in adults with ID.

Authors

  • Kelly Hsieh, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • James H. Rimmer, Civitan International Research Center and Sparks Clinics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tamar Heller, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jessica Minor, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Silver Spring, MD
  • Christine Grosso, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Silver Spring, MD

This research brief was funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant # 90RT5020-01-00. However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.