Expert Insights Team - Fall Avoidance

Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD

Dr. Renfro is a geriatric physical therapist and Associate Professor who teaches in the School of Physical Therapy at Touro University Nevada in research and geriatrics. She was selected by the CDC as a fall prevention expert in 2009 and works closely with the National Council on Aging (...

Christian Thompson

Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. Christian has published scientific publications on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine and...

Richard Caro

Scientist turned entrepreneur. Strategic adviser to emerging growth companies. Occasional angel investor. Oxford PhD (Physics). Co-founder: Tech-enhanced Life.

Lisa Brinkmann

Lisa Brinkmann is currently Executive Director of Marin Villages, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting and enriching the lives of older adults who want to live independently in their own homes as they age. Lisa has a M.Sc. in Gerontology from USC. As her LinkedIn profile puts it "...

John Milford

John opened and served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Towers (CCRC) for over fifteen years after a career in hospital and health care administration. He remains active as the founder of Heritage Consulting for Retirement Living, has supported non-profit work for seniors as Board...

Pam Sharkey

Pamela is a masters’ prepared nurse administrator and legal nurse consultant with deep expertise in fall morbidity and prevention in both residential and clinical settings. She is an expert for the California State Board of Registered nursing and has over thirty-five years of teaching...

Jim Schrempp

Jim Schrempp

A software engineer by training, I worked at Hewlett Packard for 19 years - back when it was a great company. In 1999 I left HP to co-found Audible Magic, a media identification company. In 2016 I retired. Now I spend my time working on problems that interest me, like applying technology to the...


This Expert Insights team consists of "citizen analysts" from the Longevity Explorers and Tech-enhanced Life, guided by a volunteer "expert panel" with deep domain expertise relating to older adults and fall avoidance. 

Falls are a major problem for seniors who want to “Age in Place”, and there have been volumes written on topics like how to fall proof your home, how to avoid falling and the like. However when we went out and searched for the best answers to the sorts of questions our circles of older adults were asking, we found a bewildering array of different content, and had a hard time finding just the right set of easily digestible information. This research project is designed to identify and make easily accesible a set of "Curated Insights" from around the web on Falling

Learn more: Fall Avoidance Research Project.

Curated Insights: Avoid the Perils of Falling

Am I at Risk for Falls?

How do I determine my personal degree of "risk for falls"? Should I worry about falls at all? Do I need to use a cane or a walker? How would I know? We all face these questions as we age.



Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors

We look at different options for the fall prevention exercises component of a fall prevention program, and how to decide which "exercises for seniors" program would work best to reduce your fall risk, in this second part of our work on choosing the right fall prevention program.



Fall proofing ME: What Can I Do?

The media is awash with stories about older adults falling and hurting themselves, and these reports usually mention that one in three of those over 65 will fall each year. This article is about what you can do to make falls less likely.



Fall proofing your house: a checklist

For the older adult worried about falls, one of the most important tasks is to "fall-proof" your house. There are numerous services you can retain to help with this. But how do you know they have done the right things? And, if you are the friend or family of an older adult, how can you do a "check" to make sure the house of the person you care for is relatively well "fall-proofed"? Here is a useful checklist developed by the Executive Director of Marin Villages.



I've fallen. Now how do I get up?

Falls are a major problem for seniors who want to “Age in Place”. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for a senior to fall and be unable to get up afterwards due to a variety of underlying physical problems - even if no serious injury was sustained during the fall. While lots is written about calling emergency services, I thought it would be helpful to focus instead on simple techniques to help yourself. This article is about "how to get up".



Prevent Falls; Help Someone Up after Falling.

I wanted to find good videos on the web about getting up after falling, and more importantly, about how to prevent a fall in the first place. Here is what I found. Some of them look very useful.



The Best Fall Prevention Program

Concerned about Falls? This article is designed to help you decide which (if any) is the best Fall Prevention Program for you. And to help you choose between the Fall Prevention programs available in your town, state and country.