Effect of different exercises on postural balance in elderly women

16/10/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, online 23 August 2014

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Different types of exercise are recommended for the elderly to prevent limitations in functional capacity due to ageing and to reduce the risk of falls. This study aimed to evaluate the effect on postural balance of three of these different types of exercise.

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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Reactive stepping behaviour predicts future falls

15/08/2014

Source: Age and Ageing, 2014, online

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A fall occurs when an individual experiences a loss of balance from which they are unable to recover. Assessment of balance recovery ability in older adults may therefore help to identify individuals at risk of falls. The purpose of this 12-month prospective study was to assess whether the ability to recover from a forward loss of balance with a single step across a range of lean magnitudes was predictive of falls.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Promoting participation in fall prevention strategies

16/06/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 59 no 1 p. 136-144

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Date of publication: July-August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Participation by older adults in fall prevention strategies is often poor: while they believe a strategy works in general, they often feel like it won’t benefit them personally. This Australian study aims to describe the frequency and reasons for older adults identifying prevention strategies as being ‘better for others than for me’. Strategies to promote participation may need to convince older adults that they too are at risk of falls and that the activities they currently take part in may not be enough to prevent falls and injury.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Twelve month follow-up of an Australian falls prevention programme

16/04/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 58 no 2 p. 283-292

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Date of publication: March/April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Randomised trials have shown that fall prevention programmes are effective in reducing falls in older adults, but the impact of these programmes need to be studied in real-life settings. This study aimed to examine the impact of a sustained programme of activities and find out what benefits had been reported. Benefits in joint flexibility, mobility and balance and enjoyment were reported. However, recall of certain parts of the programme such as the educational component and behavioural training were minimal.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Indicators of falls during pregnancy assessed by postural peturbations

16/01/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, 39 (1) p. 218-223

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Physical, physiological and hormonal alterations during pregnancy often accompany decreased postural control, which is turn increases the likelihood of falls. This study analysed fallers and non-fallers with non-pregnant controls, and noticed that increased ankle stiffness tended to lead to fewer falls in pregnancy. Increasing ankle stiffness could be an important strategy to prevent women falling while pregnant.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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A 12 week whole body vibration RCT for balance improvement

13/12/2013

Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013, Vol 94 no 11 p. 2112-2118

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This trial compared whole body vibration (WBV) to a control group to test how much balanced was improved in people with diabetes. It was found to improve balance in participants with diabetes, and the findings may have important implications for falls prevention for this group in the primary care sector.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Seniors Gain From Fall Prevention Program

15/11/2013

Source: medpageToday

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Date of publication: Nov. 5th 2013

Publication type: article

In a nutshell: A falls prevention program has effectively reduced the risk for falls among older adults.

Length of publication: one page