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Risk factors associated with falls include intrinsic factors (e.g., age-related physiological changes, impairments to the sensory-nervous system, disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and specific acute and chronic diseases) as well as extrinsic factors (e.g., environmental hazards and obstacles interfering with safe mobility, and medication side effects) (Steinberg, Cartwright, Peel, & Williams, 2000; Tideiksaar, 2001).

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