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?

This study is an investigation of fall risk and nutrition status in older adults living in Vermont.

Thank you to the over 700 people from all over the state who completed the baseline survey! We are excited to collect the follow-up data in just a couple of months!

If you are one of our study participants, look for our recent email to complete the follow up survey. 

What have we learned so far about the participants? 

  • Average age is 70 years
  • 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 
  • Follow up data collected during the spring of 2021 will allow for further analysis in the context of rurality and seasonality.

Below is related information recently presented by the study team: