Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 8

19/08/2013
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Falls and vision – a short survey

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The College of Optometrists is starting a project to investigate levels of vision-testing within falls services across the UK. It is collecting information to form a picture of how it works at ground level, to act as a basis for recommendations to optometrists and to help identify ways to assist falls teams in checking patients’ vision. There is a questionnaire included.

Length of publication: 1 page


Yoga can significantly improve balance and mobility

19/08/2013

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda, 2013

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News bulletin

In a nutshell: A pilot study carried out by researchers at the University of Sydney has confirmed what has been long believed to be true: yoga can significantly improve balance and mobility in older people. The study ran over a twelve week period, and results showed improvement in a range of measures. Older people who perform well in these balance and mobility tests are said to be about half as likely to fall as people with poor mobility.

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AgeUK Expert Series on Falls

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This is a new document as part of the Expert Series from AgeUK that aims to explain the evidence base for falls prevention exercise and the benefits that can be expected from it. It includes case studies of current services delivering reductions in falls through such programmes.

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Classification of falls in stroke rehabilitation

19/08/2013

Source: Clinical Rehabilitation, 2013, online

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined patient characteristics during different types of falls, to compare outcomes of falls to develop a practical falls taxonomy. Four main types of falls were recorded, though with overlapping characteristics. This study asserts that different falls-prevention strategies may be needed for each group/type.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Community Falls and Fracture Rehabilitation Programs by Falls Assist UK

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Falls Assist UK is new independent company established in 2011 by a network of healthcare professionals specialising in community-based falls and hip fracture rehabilitation. The company is a member of the Falls and Fracture Alliance of England and provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to the elderly in the community as well as clinics and residential homes.

Length of publication: 1 page