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Publicize and disseminate a check list.

Post a check list that can be posted to be copied for use by seniors, their physicians, their churches and family members.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

The adults, the community and those with personal relationships with the older adults. I

It's important that older adults be aware, but also empowered and not patronized or nagged by those around them. By producing a checklist that helps individuals and their support people identify assets and liabilities in their environment they can identify specific steps to take to increase their safety and independence. Such a check list could become part of a PSA campaign, showing the checklist on the screen and showing places on line where it can be copied. Churches , individuals and community organizations could then use it to identify areas to focus up. Copies could be made available at Sunday services and the front desks of all senior centers.

The survey might include specific categories to assess, such as strength level, balance skills and environmental challenges or supports. Practitioners could use it with or offer it to their patients to help them make decisions about behaviors or environmental steps they might take.


What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

A draft of a survey could be developed and through such agencies as Kaiser the content be formulated. Copies of the draft could be left at a few senior centers with a request for feedback and further suggestions.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Open IDEO is the best resource to gather items for such a check list and to offer it to those who might want to test it.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • An OpenIDEO Outpost or Chapter

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm a semi retired writer and school psychologist . I conduct workshops on parenting and have written a book titled, "Parenting? There's not an APP for That." In addition, my empathy was enhanced by a fall while "power walking." The recovery made me very aware of this challenge.

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Hi Susan DeMersseman ! This is simple and wonderful. Based on the fantastic feedback below, I'm wondering if you have some thoughts running around about what might be included in the checklist! Maybe it's time for a quick prototype. :)

PS: Which OpenIDEO Chapter are you a part of?

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Hi Susan!

I like that you are thinking about how the information could be communicated and locations to engage with older adults e.g. church and libraries.

I would recommend checking out Bettina's post Children Can't Fly - a successful public health campaign in 1970s NYC expanded to a national injury prevention program that impacts lives of children daily. It might give you a few ideas.

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Is there any chance you could find an image to go along with your post? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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What a good idea. I will take a look. As I indicated, it seems as if there is plenty of material in the survey/ checklist area that might be distilled. It is the publicizing and dissemination that seems to be where the greatest impact is possible.

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Just realized that Bettina had already shared that post. :-)

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Hi Susan,

interesting idea. In terms of content, you might want to check Bettina Fliegel research post https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/research/tools

I also was thinking that your idea could complement well Dawn and her team's idea https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/ideas/interconnected

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Hi Ken, Thank you for the response. It seems that various sorts of checklists/surveys and the like exist. The one you sent, one from another hospital and one another contributor sent that was like an if-then sort of chart. Perhaps the focus of this idea might be more on publicizing the need/importance of fall prevention and offering a selection of resources, the checklists and the ways that communities could use them.

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Hi Susan, here's another handy checklist from Minnesota Falls Prevention
- http://www.mnfallsprevention.org/consumer/home.html

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Hi Susan, agree totally with the idea and distribution. John Hopkins has a nice tool that can be used for this purpose: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institute_nursing/models_tools/Appendix%20A_JHFRAT.pdf

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Good idea, Susan. I like the underlying philosophy of empowering older people, as well as the checklist itself.

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Hi Susan,
Great post! I like how your idea gives older adults autonomy over their own situation. Here are some additional thoughts/ideas: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/ideas/an-interactive-fall-prevention-guide

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Hi Susan!
I like your idea to share tools at sites where seniors visit in the community and can find them in their regular daily activities. There are checklists and other tools available that have been created by the CDC, local health departments and other health organizations. I created a research post to share some examples. Check the link below. Are these somewhat in the order of what you were thinking about? Thinking about the community environment - Maybe there could be information sharing groups at churches, to bring the issue to the attention of the community or maybe just a peer group for seniors? How about a buddy program where a younger church member could assist the senior in using the checklist at home, and assisting with any needed interventions?
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/fall-prevention/research/tools

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I like your ideas. Getting younger church members to assist is so helpful. One element that I think might increase the power is the PSA campaign. Surely through Kaiser, AARP, Fidelity, B of A etc. as as sponsors the impact could be amplified by increased awareness in general.