Identifying the Needs of Community-Dwelling Older Vermonters to Decrease Fall and Malnutrition Risk

This study is an investigation of how communities can support older Vermonters living at home, to decrease fall risk and improve nutrition status.

You are eligible if you…

  • …are age 60 or older
  • …live in Vermont year round

What’s required?

  • Participate in a one time group conversation on zoom about what your community can do to ensure older Vermonters can continue to be healthy and safe living in their homes.
  • This conversation may take up to 2 hours.

What are the benefits?

  • Contribute to our understanding of the relationship between fall risk and nutrition status in older Vermonters
  • Participants receive a $25 gift card

Email us to learn more! Or call 802.635.1331.

What have we learned so far? From a survey of over 700 community-dwelling older Vermonters:

  • 72% report living in rural regions of the state
  • 53% have an elevated fall risk
  • 42% had a fall in the past 6 months
  • 55% are at nutrition risk
  • We found a significant relationship between
    • fall risk and food insecurity
    • fall risk and malnutrition risk
    • food insecurity and malnutrition risk
  • Increased nutrition risk was associated with the occurrence of a fall over the next 6 months
  • Preliminary results were recently shared at the Annual Meeting for the American society for Nutrition

Below is related information recently presented by the study team: