Overview of recent research papers looking at conditions, such as Parkinson's, stroke and multiple sclerosis, which are linked to falling.
Circumstances of falls and fall-related injuries among patients with Parkinson's disease in an outpatient setting
This research identifies different environment-related risk factors for falls among people with Parkinson's, and has found that tripping is a higher risk factor for outdoor falls and indoor falls are associated with lower extremity weakness and internal sense of sudden loss of balance.
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The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is an EC funded initiative dedicated to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, with associate members from a further 10 countries. ProFouND aims to influence policy and to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes amongst health and social care authorities, the commercial sector, NGOs and the general public. ProFouND’s aim is to increase the delivery of evidence based practice in falls prevention and therefore reduce the numbers of falls and injurious falls experienced by older adults across Europe.
A core aspect of our work includes ICT interventions in relation to fall prediction, detection and prevention and as part of ProFouND we have created an online innovation factory (http://profound.eu.com/forums/forum/innovation-factory/), where we will bring together health and social care professionals, academics, engineers and industry partners to create new technological solutions to promote falls prevention, detection and monitoring. As part of this work we would like to provide ‘real-life’ case studies on the use of existing technologies, starting with the U.K. and then rolling out across Europe.
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This annual event is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice.
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HUR (www.huruk.co.uk) provides evidence-based strength exercise machines/programmes and balance testing platforms to implement effective and measurable active ageing programs to promote independence, mobility, and fall prevention.
Comparison of balance and other physical characteristics between elderly fallers and non-fallers
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A new guide published by AgeUK looks at several aspects of growing older that can be reviewed to reduce their effects. The guide includes a section on preventing falls but nearly all the sections included have a falls prevention aspect and if taken as a whole [click to continue…]
Dear Falls Professional,
The College of Optometrists is promoting the joint working of falls teams and optometrists to prevent vision related falls in their patients. You may remember The College of Optometrists Focus on Falls report, published June 2014, which aimed to: [click to continue…]
Occupational therapy in the prevention and management of falls in adults - Practice Guideline from the College of Occupational Therapists is now available and can be downloaded from the cot website (.pdf).
The introduction summarises what this publication hopes to achieve:
"The aim of this practice guideline is to provide specific evidence-based recommendations that describe the most appropriate care or action to be taken by occupational therapists working with adults who have fallen, are at risk of falling or are fearful of falling. The recommendations are intended to be used alongside the therapist’s clinical expertise in their assessment of need and implementation of interventions. The practitioner is, therefore, ultimately responsible for the interpretation of this evidence-based guideline in the context of their specific circumstances and service users."
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is run every year by the National Council on Aging. To date, it has included participation from 47 states within the US, as well as the District of Colombia. This year it will run on 21st September with the theme 'Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow'. In preparation for the launch of Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a webinar was held on 21 August to share best practice examples and information about implementing comprehensive approaches to falls prevention.
- What’s new in falls prevention programming and what’s working in communities nationwide
- How organisations are integrating falls prevention programming into their other offerings
- Tested strategies to recruit older adult participants, including those from hard-to-reach populations
- Exciting new initiatives that partner with emergency medical services, community health workers and others
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Research at the University of Michigan has shown significant differences in falls risk between older adults of different ethnic origin.
Using data on falls incidence and frequency from the Health and Retirement Study from 2000 to 2010, the study followed nearly 10,500 African American, Latino and non-Hispanic older adults and concluded that older African Americans are 24% less likely to fall than white older adults.
While no definitive conclusions have been drawn to account for this, previous research suggests that it could be down to cultural differences and extended family households, which provide more support to older parents and grandparents, and therefore avoidance of fall-related scenarios and behaviours.
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An innovative approach to falls risk assessment within primary care, and using a voluntary-service led exercise intervention, shows significant results in reducing Timed Up and Go scores.
Timed Up and Go test results in patients found through general practice falls risk screening. Preliminary evaluation of the North Tyneside Falls Prevention Service (NTFPS).
Introduction: Falls are a major health and health economic burden but case ascertainment remains inadequate. The NTFPS was developed to proactively screen for falls risk factors in primary care. We present data from the Service's strength and balance training classes run with Age UK North-Tyneside.
Methods: General practice case notes of those >60 years are screened for falls risk factors and syncope. Patients excluded if known to existing services. Screening questionnaire sent and those at risk invited to attend comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment per NICE guidelines.
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