Functional measures show improvements after a home exercise program following supervised balance training in older adults with elevated fall risk

11/04/2018

Source: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice

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Date of publication: 5th March 2018

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The study investigated the effects of a 12-week unsupervised HEP following supervised clinic-based balance training on functional mobility, balance, fall risk, and gait.

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Reducing older people’s falls in the general practice ProAct65+ trial

15/08/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Volume 67 p. 46-54

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Date of publication: November-December 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are common in older people in the UK and NHS costs associated with these falls are high. Systematic reviews suggest that home exercise and group-based interventions focusing on progressively challenging balance and increasing strength, can reduce up to 42% of falls in those with a history. ProAct65+ was a large RCT which investigated the effectiveness of a home exercise programme and a group-based exercise programme compared to usual care. Home exercise appeared less effective than group exercise, but the latter also became less effective after 24 months if the exercise did not continue.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Does action follow intention in falls prevention exercise programs?

14/03/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Vol 64 p. 151-161

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Date of publication: May-June 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Exercise for falls prevention is effective but limited in real life. This study examines this relationship, looking at which factors affect participation in group and home-based falls prevention exercise. It found that perception of effectiveness and previous exposure to the exercise intervention most strongly predicted future participation. More people who do not want to participate in home exercise actually participate in home exercise than people who do not want to participate in group exercise that actually do. It may be easier to convince people who do not want to participate in falls prevention exercise to participate in a home program.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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