The Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network (MADRN) held its Fall 2022 meeting on Nov. 15. Susy Stark and Szu-Wei Chen of Washington University presented results of the focus group that was held in May, in which MADRN members discussed fall-prevention programming delivered through community agencies. Twenty individuals representing 10 MADRN member organizations participated in the focus group. Analysis of the transcripts revealed four themes:
- Falls are common and impactful.
- Fall prevention is important.
- Community agencies are the ideal route to deliver fall prevention programming in the community.
- However, there are barriers that must be considered.
Principles for intervention development included flexibility, consideration of technology, integration within the broader service delivery system, and use of methods that serve both urban and rural populations and are inclusive to all despite access to funding, internet and other resources.
MADRN members agreed that the summary and themes that were presented accurately reflected the focus group conversation. Next steps are to determine what components to include in the intervention and how to adapt them for community-dwelling adults aging with disabilities.