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  1. Croarkin, Earllaine MPT, PT, NCS
  2. Huang, Min-Hui PhD, PT


Nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall every year. Balance and gait deficits are among the most important risk factors of falls. Cancer and associated interventions used to cure it challenge systems responsible for maintaining balance control. Older individuals diagnosed with cancer are more likely to develop impairments and disability and are at a slightly higher risk of falls. An improved understanding of age-related changes in balance control and increased knowledge of screening tools that identify those at risk for falls can help lower fall risk.