Does dual task training improve walking performance of older adults with concern of falling?

17/10/2017

Source: BMC Geriatrics

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Date of publication: 11 September 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older adults with concerns of falling show decrements of gait stability under single (ST) and dual task (DT) conditions. The aim of this study is to compare the effects of a DT training integrating task managing strategies for independent living older adults with and without concern about falling (CoF) to a non-training control group on walking performance under ST and DT conditions.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Strategies to prevent falls and injuries among older adults

15/09/2017

Source: Nursing Clinics of North America, 2017, Volume 52 no 3 p. 489-497

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Date of publication: September 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls in older adults are the leading cause of injuries, and community-dwelling older adults should have an annual fall risk screening/assessment. This article looks at both clinical and community-based strategies from several different evidence-based programs to raise awareness in older adults in the community about falls, about increasing strength and balance, and to address the fear of falling.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Dance movement therapy and falls prevention

16/06/2017

Source: Maturitas, 2017, Vol 102 p. 1-5

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Dance is a popular form of physical activity among older people which may improve various health outcomes in this population such as balance, gait and muscle performance. This study conducted a systematic review considering all RCTs investigating if dance can reduce falls and improve fear of falling in older adults. In two out of three RCTs, dancing improved this. However, there is a paucity of studies on dancing and falls, so the evidence is preliminary and equivocal.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Falls and fear of falling after stroke

25/07/2016

Source: PM&R, 2016, online

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are common after someone has suffered a stroke, and the consequences are potentially serious. However, few investigations have age-matched the control participants to directly compare with fall characteristics between older adults with and without strokes. Also, fear of falling – a significant psychological consequence of falls – has only been examined to a limited degree as a risk factor for future falls in a stroke population. This observational study aimed to compare the fall history between older adults with and without previous stroke and to identify the determinants of falls and fear of falling in older stroke victims

Length of publication: 1 page

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Fear of falling as a risk factor of mobility disability

25/07/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Vol 66 p. 147-153

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Date of publication: September-October 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fear of falling is a common health problem among older adults. The relationship between FoF and limitation on daily activities has been reported, but FoF’s relationship to mobility disability is not yet fully understood. This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between FoF and mobility disability among community-dwelling older adults and explored the differences in this relationship among socio-culturally diverse sites.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Diabetic lower extremity complications, fear of falling and associated HbA1c levels

25/07/2016

Source: Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, 2016, online

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The primary aim of this study was to determine if Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a positive predictor of the lower extremity complications commonly manifested in diabetes. A secondary objective was to investigate if the progression of diabetes-related complications had any effect on the fear of falling. It showed that HbA1c is not a good predictor of the number of podiatric manifestations in diabetic patients. Future studies, preferably using a larger sample size, are needed to more accurately assess the potential of HbA1c for predicting lower extremity complications.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Developing predictive models for fear of falling from posturography parameters

21/06/2016

Source: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 2016, Vol 54 p. 131-138

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Date of Publication: July 2016

Publication type:Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls pose an important problem for older adults. Balance training is one of the main prevention strategies, but there is a lack of objective measurement methods that would allow the effectiveness of the treatments employed to be assessed. This study aimed to analyse the relationship between posturographic parameters and risk factors associated with falling, including the fear of falling (FoF). Posturography can be used as an assessment tool to analyse the effects of those treatments aimed at preventing falls.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Free programs for those elderly who have a fear of falling

15/05/2015

Source: Eastern Riverina Chronicle

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Date of publication: 9th April 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A falls prevention program designed to assist those living at home who have fallen or have a fear or falling.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Depression and fear of falling in a falls prevention programme

19/03/2015

Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2015, online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked into whether depression predicted less improvement in fear of falling and falls efficacy in older adults attending a fall prevention programme it found that there was no association between depression and change in fear of falling, but there was a correlation between improvement in depressive symptoms and improvement in falls efficacy, which raises the question of whether a cognitive behavioural intervention that simultaneously targets both depression and falls efficacy would be a useful component of a FPP.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Effects of training on balance performance and fear of falling

16/10/2014

Source: International Journal of Gerontology, 2014, Vol 8 no 3 p. 143-146

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Balance is a major risk factor in falling and fear of falling, and exercise which challenges balance is the most effective intervention for preventing falls. This study described the effects of a simple home-based balancing training programme on measures of balance performances and fear of falling in community-based older Thai adults.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Factors associated with fear of falling in community-dwelling older adults

13/03/2014

Source: Age and Ageing, 2014, vol 43 no 1 p. 76-84

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fear of falling (FOF) is common in older adults and consequences can be serious, both physically and psychosocially. There are a number of factors associated with the phenomenon, which include rising from a knee-height chair, lower household income, using a walking stick or other aid, poor physical health, using public transport, balance problems and lower educational level, amongst other factors. Knowing these can be used in primary care to identify those with FOF, which in turn can benefit fall prevention interventions.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Managing fear of falling in older adults in the community

19/07/2013

Source: BMJ, 2013, 346

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fear of falling is found in many older people, and can include fear, anxiety, loss of confidence and impaired perception of ability to walk without falling. It can lead to avoidance of activity, isolation, increasing frailty and further risk of falls not due to physical impairment. This article looks into the ways of managing the fear of falling by researching the available evidence.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Comparative effectiveness of implementing best practices in nursing homes

15/04/2013

Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2013, 50 (4), p. 448-463

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This American study aimed to conduct comparative research to estimate the effects of falls, negative affect and behaviour, and how these associate with societal costs in implementing evidence-based education and best practice programmes in nursing homes. The participants were given either standard training, training and implementation modules (provided to facility staff), and training and implementation modules (augmented by surveyor training). A significant reduction of 5-12 annual falls was found, especially in the intervention group without surveyor training, which also produced cost savings.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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Activity restriction vs. self-direction: fear of falling in older adults

18/03/2013

Source: International Journal of Older People Nursing, 2013, online

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study investigated the fear of falling in older adults who had been hospitalised, relating to their physical function and patient characteristics. Functional decline commonly occurs in this group, and is associated with low mobility and physical activity, and understanding these relationships may inform the development of safe, function-promoting activities. People may restrict their activities due to the fear of falling, and a multi-factorial approach may encourage self-direction and functional recovery to recover from and prevent falls.

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