Falls Risk and Nutrition Research at Northern Vermont University

Falls Risk and Nutrition Research at Northern Vermont University

Exploring the Relationship Between Falls Risk and Nutrition Status in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

What is this research project?

We are interested in learning more about the relationship between fall risk and nutrition status in older adults living in Vermont.

What have we learned so far about the participants? 

  • 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: