Fall Prevention 101

Learn more about fall prevention with Mengzhao Yan, a USC Gerontology doctoral student.

As a public health problem, falls are prevalent among older adults and may lead to serious consequences including morbidity, mortality, institutionalization, high health care costs, etc. According to CDC, falls are leading cause of injury and injury-related death in older Americans. However, falls are preventable through medical management, physical activities, and environmental modifications. In this intergenerational Zoom learning session, Mengzhao Yan from the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology presented information about falls among older adults and techniques to prevent falls.

Link to Mengzhao’s Slides:  Fall Prevention 102 Presentation


Mengzhao Yan is an incoming doctoral student at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, where he received a master’s degree in aging services management. Before coming to the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in 2018, Mengzhao worked as a researcher and an administrator at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. He has published some scholarly papers and media articles and presented at many international or national conferences. At the 2020 Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, his presentation was nominated as one of the 12 Finalists for the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section Outstanding Student Poster Award from more than 140 presentations. His current research focuses on how to administrate aging services effectively, how to build an age-friendly ecology to better support aging in place, and how to alleviate social alienation among marginalized older persons and their caregivers.