Impaired perceived timing of falls in the elderly

19/12/2017

Source: Gait & Posture, 2018, Vol 59 p. 40-45

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Date of publication: January 2018

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations, with older adults at an increased risk. As humans age, physical changes and health conditions make falls more likely. The body reflexively responds to prevent injury during a fall, though little is known of the perception of this response. Younger and older people were compared for their perceptions of time during a fall: older people’s fall perception was found to be nearly twice as slow. It is possible that such age-related differences in fall perception may relate to increased falls rates in older adults.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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The degree of misjudgment between perceived and actual gait ability

19/12/2016

Source: Gait & posture, 2017, Vol 51 p. 275-280

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Date of publication: January 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Carrying out motor tasks successfully means a person’s perception of their physical abilities must be integrated with a perception of the task itself. Geriatric decline in physical and cognitive abilities may lead to misjudgements and possibly errors leading to loss of balance. This study aimed to quantify how much older adults misjudge their actual gait ability. Better abilities did not appear to be associated with better judgement – in fact, a range of misjudgements showed. This could provide insight into the interplay between cognition and physical abilities, and add value towards fall prevention and promotion of healthy ageing.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Patient perceptions with falls during hospitalization and after discharge

14/03/2016

Source: Applied Nursing Research, 2016, Vol 31 p. 79-85

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aims to describe the perceptions of hospitalised older people around their falls risk and fall prevention strategies received while hospitalised, and any instructions they received to prevent possible falls after discharge.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Fall prevention and monitoring of assisted living patients

15/07/2012

Source: Journal of the American Medical Director’s Association Vol 13 No 5 pp 429-433

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article studies American physicians’ perceptions of falls risk assessment and reduction using mailed questionnaires, including past behaviour and future intentions. Their involvement was associated with barriers such as time and expense constraints, and their level of expertise.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Promoting fall prevention interventions among older people

15/02/2012

Source: Age and Ageing, 2011, 40(6), p. 724-730

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Date of publication: November 2011

Article type: Research article

In a nutshell: The use of fall prevention interventions is often poor among older people because health professionals frequently fail to refer them. This leads to a negative preception among the older people, thereby affecting their uptake and adherence to the intervention. After appropriate questioning, referrals should be increased to prevent further injuries.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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