Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 9

18/09/2014
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GP-led tai chi class reduces falls in elderly

18/09/2014

Source: Pulse

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Date of publication: 29 August 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: “A GP-led program has successfully boosted physical activity levels and reduced falls among the elderly by teaching them tai chi…”

Length of publication: 1 page

 


Falls prevention focused medication review by a pharmacist in an acute hospital: implications for future practice

18/09/2014

Source: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

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Date of publication: 10th August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to determine the number and types of falls risk medicines suitable for intervention, and to develop guidance to optimise the effectiveness of future medication related falls prevention initiatives.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Fatty degeneration of gluteus minimus muscle as predictor of falls

18/09/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 1 August 2014, online

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The degeneration of fatty tissue in the gluteus minimus tends to be unevenly distributed, unlike that of the gluteus maximus, and researchers believe that this may play a crucial role in stability of the pelvis. Evaluating fatty streaks in this muscle could help give an early indication of those at higher risk of falling.

Length of publication: 1 page

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The importance of minimum toe clearance in level ground walking

18/09/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 28 July 2014, online

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Tripping is supposed to be the main cause of falls while walking. At minimum toe clearance, the potential for falls is the highest, so controlling this minimum clearance is essential for walking without tripping. This study aimed to determine if elderly people showed lower minimum toe clearance while doing more than one task at once.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Can exercise prevent falls in older adults with sight impairments?

18/09/2014

Source: Journal of Physiotherapy, 2014, Vol 60 no 3 p. 130-135

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Exercise and physical training in residential care settings can improve performance on some tests of physical function of older adults with visual impairments, which are risk factors for falls. However, the impact on falls themselves in as yet unclear and warrants further research. The same impact for community-based older adults with visual impairments also requires further research.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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