Promoting fall prevention among community dwelling older adults through activLife: a physical and social activation

30/03/2020

Source: Journal of Population Ageing

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Date of publication: 12 February 2020

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls have been recognized as the second leading cause of injury or death for older adults. The related economic burden caused by fall related injuries is not negligible. Earlier research has demonstrated that regular participation in appropriate prescribed physical activity by improving upper and lower limb strength, balance, coordination, transfer skills, and reaction to environmental hazards can lower the risk for falls and fall-related fractures and other injuries. Conversely, physical inactivity can significantly double the risk of developing a disability, which will affect mobility as well as the ability to perform even the most basic activities of daily life, therefore, ultimately increases the older adults’ risk for falls.

This paper first presents a technological solution ActivLife that aims at preventing older adults from falling through practicing physical training in a safe and playful manner, followed by a randomized controlled study with 43 older adults with an average age of 77 for a period of 16 weeks in a social activation center het Ontmoet en Groethuys in Eindhoven, the Netherlands to demonstrate to what extent ActivLife could help to prevent falling among older adults.

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Exploring enablers and barriers to accessing health services after a fall among people with intellectual disability

30/03/2020

Source: Journal of Applied Research  in Intellectual Disabilities

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Date of publication: 10 February 2020

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Adults with intellectual disability experience high rates of falls making falls prevention an important health need. The purpose of the study was to seek perspectives of older adults with intellectual disability and their caregivers to (a) explore the experiences of older adults with intellectual disability when seeking healthcare services after a fall and (b) identify enablers and barriers when taking up evidence‐based falls recommendations.

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Care transition decisions after a fall‐related emergency department visit: a qualitative study of patients’ and caregivers’ experiences

30/03/2020

Source: Academic Emergency Medicine 

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Date of publication: 13 February 2020

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a leading cause of injury‐related emergency department (ED) visits and may serve as a sentinel event for older adults, leading to physical and psychological injury. Our primary objective was to characterize patient‐ and caregiver‐specific perspectives about care transitions after a fall.

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How frequently are patients weighed in hospital? Results from a five-year cross-sectional audit of clinical practice in nine hospitals

30/03/2020

Source: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN

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Date of publication: April 2020, Vol. 36, pps. 157-161

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Knowledge of a person’s weight is important for identifying malnutrition; occupational safety reasons; medication dosing and evaluating effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy. However, weighing of patients in hospitals is known to be problematic and suboptimal.

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Fall prevention in primary care using chronic disease management plans: A process evaluation of provider and consumer perspectives

03/12/2019

Source:Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

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Date of publication: 3 November 2019

 Publication type: Journal article 

In a nutshell:Falls are an important issue in primary care. General practitioners (GPs) are in a key position to identify older people at risk of falls on their caseload and put preventative plans into action. Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plans allow GPs to refer to allied health practitioners (AHPs) for evidence‐based falls interventions. A previous pilot study reduced falls risk factors using CDM pans with older people at risk of falls. This study aimed to conduct a process evaluation of how the intervention worked in the pilot study for providers and consumers.

 Length of publication: 9 pages

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Strengthening family caregiving through innovative technology solutions

03/12/2019

Source: Innovations in Aging

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Date of publication: 3 November 2019

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Technology has the potential to enhance the repertoire of tools for family caregiving to address the complexities of caring for older adults. There are examples of technology-enabled interventions helping older adults remain independent and safe in their home; easing the financial, physical, and psychological challenges of family caregiving; assisting in the management of chronic illness; improving socialization and support; offering information and resources on a “just in time” basis; and improving the quality of care and quality of life for both older adults and their family caregivers. This session will review eight evidence-based, technology-enabled solutions for family caregivers, including technology solutions that address medication adherence, falls prevention, personal emergency response, remote monitoring, telehealth, dementia tracking, social engagement, and care training. Key drivers for successful application of these interventions (e.g., technology, analytics, user experience design) as well as barriers to scaling (e.g., accessibility, affordability, regulation) will be reviewed.

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Fall-related deaths among older adults in British Columbia: cause and effect of policy change

11/10/2019

Source: Injury Prevention

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Date of publication: September 2019

 Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: The British Columbia Coroners Service implemented a policy in 2010 advising the reclassification of underlying causes of deaths due to falls from ‘natural’ to ‘accidental’. This study investigates whether observed data trends reflect this change in practice, are artefacts of inconsistent reporting, or indicate a true increase in fall-related deaths.

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When will my patient fall? Sensor-based in-home walking speed identifies future falls in older adults

25/06/2019

Source: The Journal of Gerontology series A

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Date of publication: 16 May 2019

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Although there are known clinical measures that may be associated with risk of future falls in older adults, we are still unable to predict when the fall will happen. Our objective was to determine whether unobtrusive in-home assessment of walking speed can detect a future fall.

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‘Managing pieces of a personal puzzle’ — Older people’s experiences of self-management falls prevention exercise guided by a digital program or a booklet

08/04/2019

Source: BMC, research in progress

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Date of publication: 18th February 2018, Vol. 19 iss. 43, pps. 1-12

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study was to explore older people’s experiences of a self-management fall prevention exercise routine guided either by a digital program (web-based or mobile) or a paper booklet.

 Length of publication: 12 pages

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