10 Great Books About Fall Prevention and Aging in Place

Updated on March 8, 2017
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I'm a grad student at Michigan State University, studying rehabilitation counseling. My goal is to help care for our aging population.

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While an article can be informative and give you some good information, there’s nothing like a book. Books can delve deeper into a topic and be a handy resource, especially when it comes to aging in place and fall preventions.

1) Aging in Place: Designing, Adapting, and Enhancing the Home Environment 1st Edition by Ellen D Taira and Jodi Carlson – This book is a great guide for current trends in home design for seniors. It’s geared more towards people building or doing major remodeling to their home, complete with floor plans and diagrams to help you design the perfect home to age in place in. Not only do they cover design, they also have handy guides to utilize rehabilitation services to measure the success of your home design and to evaluate resident quality of life.

2) Fall Prevention: Don’t Let Your House Kick You Out! By Gail Davies and Fran Scully – Written as “a valuable resource for people who want to age safely at home,” this book is a resource for identifying and eliminating fall hazards in your home. The book walks you through an inspection of your home while presenting simple home modifications and helpful hints for improving your home for aging in place. This is an excellent resource for people who want to stay in their home, but might not want to break the bank doing a complete renovation.

3) Home Accessibility (300 Easy Tips for Making Life Easier) by Shelly Peterman Schwartz – This book is designed specifically for people living with chronic illness or disability, including low vision or sensory divergence, but also for people who are experiencing age-related limitations. Chapters go through every room in the home and outdoor living to adapt and organize to prevent trip and fall hazards and to age in place.

4) Staying Power: Age-Proof Your Home for Comfort, Safety and Style by Rachel Adelson, MA – this book covers a variety of dwelling spaces, including condos and apartments, and is especially useful for people coming home from long hospital or rehab stays. It covers where to install grab bars and which lighting, flooring and furnishings are best.

5) Fall Prevention: Stay on Your Own Two Feet! By Fran Scully, PT – Scully provides an extensive guide to identify fall risks and to reduce your risk of falling inside and outside the home. He covers fear of falling, posture and balance, fall-prevention exercises and footwear. It provides simple checklists to measure your progress and what to watch out for.

6) Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention: A Practical Handbook by Steven Di Pilla – This is a well-researched book that covers everything from floor maintenance to pedestrian safety. An illustrated handbook for fall prevention for inside the home and outside, it is more geared towards community rather than home, but can provide some great tips in what to look for when out and about on the sidewalk or in buildings. Not only does it cover home fall prevention, but it also covers facility design for hospitals and even restaurants.

7) Falls Aren’t Funny: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Slip and Fall Crisis by Russel J. Kendzior – A more comprehensive look at falls themselves, Kandzior’s book examines this growing problem and what can be done to address it. Like Di Pilla’s book above, it takes more of a community approach and addresses falls on a national level. Not only does he look at the usual: flooring, footwear, etc., but he also looks at how our insurance, legal and manufacturing industries are contributing to the problem and how they, along with business owners and the general public, can stop this growing crisis.

8) The Slip and Fall Handbook by David N. Jolly – This book is more of a legal guide to recuperating losses after suffering a slip or a fall. As the second leading cause of accidental death among seniors, Jolly’s book educates seniors about their rights after suffering a fall, covering topics from hospital stays to litigation.

9) How to Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence, and Energy in 6 Simple Steps by Betty Perkins-Carpenter, PhD – Perkins-Carpenter provides a comprehensive six-step guide to better fitness and balance in order to prevent falls and make the reader healthier and stronger. The exercises she provides are safe, easy, and fun to do at any fitness level.

10) Aging in the Right Place by Stephen M. Golant – Golant explores a variety of living situations for seniors where they can “thrive in old age,” ranging from aging in place to care settings tailored to their lifestyle and many different levels of ability. It cuts through marketing hype and current fads and offer solutions for every family, citing that many families are stuck choosing the “least imperfect option.” He introduces the residential normalcy model to assess if your living situation is right for you: if it makes you feel competent and in control. From Amazon: “The book argues that older persons in poor health, with disabilities, or unfavorable demographics are not precluded from aging successfully, if they make the right living choices.”

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