Outdoor Fall Experiences: An Exploratory Study of Urban and Suburban Dwelling Older Adults

Tracy Chippendale, Marie Boltz

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Aims: Outdoor falls can result in significant challenges to the health and well-being of older adults. Therefore, factors associated with outdoor fall risk warrant attention in research and clinical practice. The purpose of this exploratory study was to compare the outdoor fall experiences of urban and suburban residents with an eye towards considerations for prevention practices. Methods: A convenience sample of community dwelling older adults was recruited. Qualitative analysis of open-ended responses from a survey was used to explore and compare and contrast the outdoor fall experiences of suburban and urban dwellers. Results: Both similarities and differences in the causes and locations of outdoor falls were identified. Conclusions: Preliminary results from this exploratory study suggest differences between the outdoor falls of urban and suburban dwelling older adults. A larger scale study to confirm the findings is warranted given the implications for planning community-based occupational therapy-led outdoor fall prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-244
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018


  • Outdoor falls
  • neighborhood environment
  • productive aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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