Preliminary evaluation of prototype footwear and insoles to optimise balance and gait in older people

17/10/2017

Source: BMC geriatrics

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Date of publication: 11 September 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Footwear has the potential to influence balance in either a detrimental or beneficial manner, and is therefore an important consideration in relation to falls prevention. The objective of this study was to evaluate balance ability and gait patterns in older women while wearing prototype footwear and insoles designed to improve balance.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Perturbation-based balance training for falls reduction among older adults: current evidence and implications for clinical practice

17/08/2017

Source: Geriatrics & Gerontology International

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Date of publication: 16 June 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a leading cause of injury, hospitalization and even death among older adults. Although various strength and balance exercise interventions have shown moderate reductions in falls incidence among healthy older adults, no significant falls incidence improvements have been consistently seen in frail older adults or in patient groups with an increased falls risk (e.g. people with Parkinson’s disease and stroke). This might be due to a lack of task specificity of previous exercise interventions to the recovery actions required to prevent a fall.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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Postural stability in older adults with Alzheimer disease

17/03/2017

Source: Physical Therapy

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Date of publication: 16 February 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The prevalence of adults with Alzheimer disease (AD) aged >65 years is increasing and estimated to quadruple by 2051. The aim of this study was to investigate postural stability in people with mild to moderate AD and factors contributing to postural instability compared with healthy peers (controls).

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The association between osteoporosis and postural balance in menopausal women

16/05/2013

Source: Gait and Posture, online

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The incidence of osteoporosis and fractures from falls have both been increasing, which led to postural balance being tested in post-menopausal women, aged between 55 and 65, with and without lumbar osteoporosis. The women were split into two groups, one containing those with osteoporosis and the control group without. Little difference was found between the two groups, showing that postmenopausal women show no changes in postural balance regardless of lumbar osteoporosis.

Length of publication: 1 page

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