Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 11

17/11/2016
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Alzheimer’s Disease Increases Fall-related Bone Fracture Hospitalization in Elderly Chinese

17/11/2016

Source: International Journal of Gerontology, 2016, online

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Date of publication: October 2016

Publicati0n type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fall and fracture risks are higher for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) than for older adults without dementia. This study investigated AD relating to hospitalization due to fall-related bone fracture in elderly Chinese patients. The proportion of patients in the AD group hospitalized because of fall-related bone fracture was significantly higher than in the control group. AD may increase the incidence of hospitalization due to falls and bone fracture. Our findings suggest that preventing falls in AD patients may reduce the number of hospitalized AD patients.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Effectiveness of falls prevention programs for reducing diabetic risk factors

17/11/2016

Source: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, 2016, online

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Date of publication: October 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a common complication of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) that increases falls risk in the elderly. Prevention programs with a component of weight-bearing exercises are effective in decreasing future falls. However, weight-bearing exercise was only recently recommended in guidelines for exercise for these patients. There have since been many studies evaluating the effectiveness of such programs on this population. Evidence suggests that people with T2DM and DPN can improve their balance and walking after a targeted multicomponent program, though it is yet unknown whether they resulted in a decreased falls risk in the community.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Pilot study for implementing an osteoporosis education and exercise program in an assisted living facility and senior community

17/11/2016

Source: Journal of Applied Gerontology

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Date of publication: 11th October, 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Project Healthy Bones (PHB) is a 24-week, peer-led exercise and education program for older adults at risk of osteoporosis.

 Length of publication: 18 pages

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Prevention of falls, malnutrition and pressure ulcers among older persons – nursing staff’s experiences of a structured preventive care process

17/11/2016

Source: Online Open

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Date of publication: 12 October 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  A structured and systematic care process for preventive work, aimed to reduce falls, pressure ulcers and malnutrition among older people, has been developed in Sweden. The process involves risk assessment, team-based interventions and evaluation of results. Since development, this structured work process has become web-based and has been implemented in a national quality registry called ‘Senior Alert’ and used countrywide. The aim of this study was to describe nursing staff’s experience of preventive work by using the structured preventive care process as outlined by Senior Alert.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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Cost-effectiveness of a statewide falls prevention program in Pennsylvania: healthy steps for older adults

17/11/2016

Source: The American Journal of Managed Care

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Date of publication: 14th October 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging has offered a falls prevention program, “Healthy Steps for Older Adults” (HSOA), since 2005, with about 40,000 older adults screened for falls risk.

 Length of publication:  Two pages

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